Muhammad zoomed his wheelchair into his bedroom. The boy's parents asked from down the hall if he enjoyed the Last Day of School Festival. "It was great!" the eight-year-old shouted. "I won a wind-up dog at the ring toss booth!"
Muhammad placed the ridiculously cute mechanical terrier on a shelf comprised of an odd cast of players: a well-worn antique baseball glove, a button-eyed patchwork bear with sawdust stuffing, a miniature ship in a bottle, a basketball participation trophy, an air-powered jumping robot, a knee-hugging elf with strands of hair jutting stick-straight from one root point, and rounded out with a plastic garbage pail full of slimy goo.