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Walking in Their Wheels

An interesting phenomenon took place last week. I was lucky enough to go to Disney World again with my family, but that is not the interesting phenomenon. Because of my worsening condition I knew I would not be able to walk around the various parks so I rented a scooter. What came next was a real eye-opening experience.
We have all heard the phrase “I wonder what it would be like to walk in his shoes.” In my case, I had my first experience to walk in the wheels of the disabled. And knowing that my future will be in a scooter of some kind, you can say I was a little frustrated with what I experienced. First of all, I have to give credit to Disney and how they work with handicapped individuals. Whenever we got to a gate their motto was “wheels first”. Those in scooters or wheelchairs went through first followed by those in their party. If only that was the case in the general public. I wish I could say 75% of the general public was aware and helpful to me, but unfortunately it was only about 30%. Most of the time people would cut in front or pay no attention to the fact that I was in a scooter. I spent most of my time trying to avoid hitting people in front of me as they cut in front or simply stopped in their paths. On more than a few occasions people walked right by me in line as if I wasn’t even there. I was astonished at the behavior of so many people towards me, or should I say towards anyone on wheels. I just assumed that everyone like me would bend over to help someone in a wheelchair or a scooter. It is not a pity thing, just common courtesy. By the way, I wish I were talking about kids but I am talking about adults who lacked the common courtesy.
My hope is that it was more the location that caused the behavior rather than the behavior itself. I guess only time will tell as I spend more time on wheels. In the meantime, I hope all of us can improve our behavior and courtesy to those less fortunate, especially those who are walking in their wheels. Remember the Disney motto “wheels first”.


One response to “Walking in Their Wheels

  1. carrie lauters ⋅

    i hear what a great inspiration you are from others,especially john and linda.take care and i hope people will also be would think that they must have a hard time sleeping at night. i wish more of the brighter days ahead for you and your family as you are very special to many.

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