I was reminded today how ill equipped I truly am to answer people when they ask me "what happened to you" or "why do you walk funny" when I am out and about on my own.
You would think after 58 years I would have some kind of pat answer..but I don't!
Maybe I should explain a little background on the subject. When I was six months old I had a dumbbell size tumor removed from my spine. The surgery left me paralyzed from the waist down. Through the years I was able to get rid of the braces and the crutches. I attended regular school after the 5Th grade and went on to college. I really did pretty well, married a wonderful man,chased three great kids and some neighborhood kids to boot. I did walk with a very noticeable limp though so it's not like I was ever without stares and questions.
Within the last few years I have slowed down a lot....broke my ankle a couple years back and have not recuperated very well...I'm still a work in progress and hope to walk again sooner rather then later.
So back to today...a little girl came up to me at the mall and looked at me for a moment and then asked why did I use the scooter and the crutches (I carry a pair with me )
I thought for a moment and by the time I came up with an answer that I thought she would understand...her Mom came over and pulled her away! Saying something like don't bother the lady... I felt bad that I didn't have an answer ready for such an occasion!
So what do you all think...I don't like handicapped and I really don't like crippled...my Mom always said that i was "special" I don't think that term explains very well. I usually just say that I need the scooter and crutches to walk right now
What do my new friends in cyber space think?
(My good friend always said to me that she thought that I was just perky...nothing else did she see. (She is a keeper.)