A man living in a bed of flowers could never buy a house in his own home, and he said he had to rely on the generosity of strangers to get by.
Lad’s Life is one of the most beloved novels in the world, and it’s a book about the challenges of living in one.
But now, after 20 years in a nursing home, he’s looking for a new home.
And he’s not alone.
“My house is a mess,” said Lad, who has cerebral palsy and is a retired teacher.
“I need to move in and do something else.
I’m looking for someplace that has a yard, and I’m not sure if it’s an old house or a new house, but it needs a lot of work.”
Lad was moved to a nursing facility when he was only 12.
But after years of living at home, the veteran writer said he was in need of a new apartment.
Lads story is a cautionary tale about how difficult life can be when you’re living in poverty.
It tells the story of a man who is a paraplegic, and has lived in nursing homes for 20-years.
But it also features a surprising amount of generosity.
“I would say it’s pretty unique,” said his longtime friend and caregiver, Diane Tewksbury.
“The story is very personal.
The story is not about the money,” Tewsbury said.
“The story has to do with the person and the love and the caring.”
“He was in a bad place, in a very bad neighborhood, and nobody knew him,” said Tewbsy.
“He was homeless, and there was nothing for him to do.”
So Lad’s story has a happy ending.
And it has a storyteller.
“He’s a very loving, kind, caring person,” Tewsbury said, and that’s why Lad’s life story is so popular.
“You have a story of someone who had a lot in common with a lot and who had to fight so hard to get what they had, and who got the money to help others,” said Denny Stoddard, an author and professor at New York University.
Stoddard has researched Lad’s stories.
He said Lad’s generosity is part of what makes Lad’s Life so unique.
“It’s a story about two people who are very different in terms of where they come from, but both of them were in this position where they were able to get out of it, and Lad, by the grace of God, was able to,” he said.
Stodard says Lad is a model for the disabled community.
“In Lad’s case, you really can’t imagine a person in this situation,” he told ABC News.
“But he’s able to find his way through this and get through it.”
Lads life story starts in a small town in Ohio.
He was born with cerebral palsia, a rare and debilitating condition.
His parents divorced when he’s young, and his mother died when he had him in his care.
Ladd says his parents separated because of the disease.
But the illness made Lad a hardworking man, and eventually led to a house on his father’s land.
The story begins in his early twenties, when he gets a job at a recycling company.
But a year later, the company goes bankrupt.
He tries to get back to work, but a man from the recycling department is looking for work, and they break up.
“At the time, I was homeless,” he recalled.
“So I started looking for ways to get my feet back on the ground, and a couple of times I went to the Salvation Army.
And that was that.”
So when Lad’s mother died, he started looking around for a place to live.
He didn’t know much about the homeless community, but he did know a couple.
“They were really nice people, and kind, and really nice, and very good at helping people,” Lad said.
“But they also had a really long way to go, and when I said I wanted to move out, they said, ‘Yeah, we can give you a house.'”
The house Lad gets is a house with a yard and a small yard.
But Lad’s father, a retired electrician, was unable to find a new job.
So Lad started working at the recycling plant.
“There were about a dozen people working there,” Lad told ABCNews.
“One day, they were walking in and out of the warehouse, and we saw a woman in a big wheelchair.”
“She was standing up, and she was walking around the warehouse.
And I’m thinking, She must have had a bad day.
And she didn’t look good.
She looked like she was going to throw up,” Lad’s friend and mentor, Diane Stoddards, said.
She had diabetes, and doctors told Lad that