Wheelchairs and Penguins

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Saturday we went to Costco (warehouse grocery store) to pick up lunch supplies for the boy and the guys carted me around in the wheelchair.

It is an understatement to say it was an experience.

First, what were we thinking going on a busy saturday?

Second, God is teaching me things, things about control.

Like, I don’t have ANY control in a wheelchair.

Like, I DON’T like not being in control.

Like, the guys have very different ideas of how things should be done and in what order. 🙂

I told son this morning what I thought God was trying (and I say trying because I’m fighting to learn/accept it) to doing in my life with this whole foot thing

{which would be working on my control and patience issues} and asked him what he thought God was trying to teach him.

He says, and I quote “Everything. laundry”

[That boy will make a fine husband someday]

So the wheelchair doesn’t have the big wheels to hand push yourself around in.

My son was whizzing me around so fast that I was getting motion sick. And we went from the blankets to the game systems games about 12 times in about 12 seconds. Because that is what he wanted to look at.

Then when I said, enough, let hubby have a ‘chance’ to push me, hubby would then meander along, slow and steady, staring at everything with that ‘man face at Home Depot’ look.

you know the one, glassy eyes, mouth open, neck cocked upward

You guys know the face when you hit Home Depot/car store/book store/hooters [whatever your fancy is] and are in awe of all the ‘stuff’ ! 😉

*Jim, don’t be mad, I love you and thank you for taking care of cranky ole me when I’m down!

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If you ever want to learn compassion for someone different than you, walk a day in their shoes…

Seriously.

Riding in a wheelchair is crazy. People don’t see you.

If you are not eye level to someone they look right over you.

And then are miffed when they almost run over you, like you are in their way.

Side Track:

Ya know how when bikers ride by another biker they give them the head nod or cool side wave or whatever bikers do.

Well, disabled people DON’T DO that.

I think I saw 3 people in various forms of being disabled, in wheelchairs and tried to give them a smile, sympathetic nod and such.

nothing. nada.

I AM IN NO WAY, SHAPE OR FORM MAKING FUN OF DISABLED PEOPLE!!!!

{Edit: I’m sorry if disabled is not the correct word!}

I have a lot more empathy

2 : the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner; also : the capacity for empathy

and compassion for those less mobile

1. a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.

  1 corin 12:12The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. 13For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.

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7 responses »

  1. HOW DARE YOU MAKE FUN OF DISABLED PEOPLE? DO YOU THINK A WAVE OR A NOD FIXES THEIR BROKEN SPINE? HOW WOULD YOU LIKE IT IF SOMEONE THOUGHT A SMILE WOULD REGROW THEIR APUTATED LEG?
    ok, my heart totally sank when i started reading this, then i got to the ‘im just mesing with you ‘ part
    I’m just messin’ with you.

    I hope you don’t need surgery. I whine like a baby when I brake my back or get a dislocated rib, but I would be a bear to live with if I had to have surgery.
    how is the tail bone doing?

  2. YEAH!!! The old layout is back.

    “HOW DARE YOU MAKE FUN OF DISABLED PEOPLE?”

    Is it still cool to giggle at midgets on T.V.? Especially if they are playing sports?
    my mom says they dont like to be called migdets, they like to be called dwarves

  3. Your mom was right.

    A colored told me a couple years ago that you’re supposed to call midgets dwarves. Then a kike told me to call them “little people.” Finally the beaner who mows my lawn told me either dwarf or little person is appropriate.

    Glad to help.
    ok, really i might have to edit this. My mom says she knows that because she watches ‘little people’ on TV and she loves them. Go figure

  4. Oh and can I call you “gimp” now?
    Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1) – Cite This Source
    gimp3 Slang.
    –noun 1. a limp.
    2. a person who limps; lame person.
    –verb (used without object) 3. to limp; walk in a halting manner: a sprain that made her gimp for weeks.
    *I can’t even limp, so nope, not yet

  5. Oh and my perfectly proportioned butt is doing much better, thank you. You seem way to interested in my butt.
    oh man, i just know how bad it hurts and humiliating it is

  6. hey….ya wheelchairs are no fun…you should put a big orange flag on it like we used to put on our bikes.

    Who is WhoreChurch…what does that mean??

    Hugs…..me

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