How much rage does this inspire in me? The person who received this note on their care was driving with their sister who had a Prosthetic Leg. Okay, good, everyone agrees the author of this note is a shithead.
But it’s the “*able-bodied*” in the note that got me. This person is watching people walk a few feet out of a car and makes the assumption that looking “able-bodied” means they *are* able-bodied. And that opinion is not uncommon. We think “disabled” and picture people in wheelchairs or talking through computers, we picture adults who need to be assisted when crossing the street. Obvious things.
I’m eligible for a handicapped parking sign now, unfortunately. I still don’t know if I’ll get one. But by looking at me, especially on a “good day”, I look “able-bodied” plenty. This is so true for so many people that it’s hard to forgive this misconception anymore. It’s gone from simple ignorance into arrogant entitlement.
If I ever do get a handicapped sticker for my car, just let someone write me a note like this…please.
Thanks bam—saidthelady, for the ebook shout-out. We’ll have to hear from Mr. Gosling himself to learn his true preference. (Call me Ryan!)
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My Android phone… Appointments, important dates, timers, lists… I need it to function.