Fall is my favorite season for several reasons.

Fall is my favorite season for several reasons.

Among them is the beautiful scenery with the changing of the leaves. I think Pennsylvania has one of the best landscapes for seeing that change.

Another reason I love this time of year is the start of the Special Olympics bowling group that my brother Sean is part of.

The group started up again over the weekend and has continued to grow.

Veteran bowlers were given the lane and team they've grown accustomed to while newcomers were added to the mix.

One of the first things I noticed was when a team gained a new member, they were very welcoming. There was never anything said about not wanting someone on a team.

Instead, members of the team introduced themselves and were talking to everyone, ready to have a great time.

That will always be one of my favorite qualities people with disabilities have. No matter the circumstances, whether they just met you or have known your for years, they accept everyone.

I wish every person could learn from that and do the same. There's no reason for anyone to be singled out because they are “different.”

Really though, who cares? No two people are the same. What gives anyone the right to look down on others because “they aren't like me.” Absolutely nothing.

The group had a great time bowling together. Laughs were had by all and they always cheered each other on.

Sean got several strikes throughout the day, too, which also made me very proud.

Old friendships continued and new friendships formed. It will be the same way each week and each time someone new comes along.

Two things that will always remain the same when you're around people with disabilities are acceptance and a good time.

Waters is a staff writer for The Wayne Independent and can be reached at kwaters@wayneindependent.com.