Friday, August 08, 2008
Abso loo tly Beautiful
Look at what I got in the mail! My friend, Susan, is on holiday to the east coast and when they stopped to pee they found that the outhouse had been made accessible. If you look carefully at the picture you can see the disabled symbol painted on a piece of wood. Yep, I got a picture of a ramped outhouse - and was thrilled by it. This is how far I have come as a disabled person.
Imagine Susan travelling through the Maritimes, some of Canada's most beautiful scenery passing by. Ocean vistas, quaint villages, lush greenery ... snapping pictures of it all. But she takes a look at an outhouse and thinks of me! That's cool, I think.
Oddly, things like this can give me a great deal of pleasure. I have written often here on Chewing the Fat about the difficulties of travelling with a disability, finding a disabled loo in a city can be an intimidating, frustrating and messy quest. So it's amazing to think that someone when building this outhouse, in the middle of the countryside, thought - hey, let's ramp this one, make sure that people with disabilities can pee or poo if necessary. You can see from the ramp that there was a lot of work put into this endeavour. I know that a tree is working on blocking the path, but branches move - it is a forest after all.
The ramp is cool.
The thought behind it is even cooler.
So, thank you Susan for taking the picture and sending it to me, for allowing me to post it here on CTF, for giving me a bright spot during a couple of days of disability bleakness.
Here's to the heros among us whose kindness makes the world more accessible, more available.
Here's to the one's who make a difference.
To hell with the one's that don't.