Zombie Powers, no one ever told me about the Zombie Powers. Sure having a disability, moving around the world in a different way than others, has it's inconveniences but then there's the Zombie Powers. I sometimes forget I have them, sometimes they seem to be dormant but sometimes the powers are full strength.
I have been at the peak of my Zombie Powers the last couple of days ... oh, I see your sneering disbelieving faces. So it's evidence you want.
1) Joe was pushing me down a wide hotel hallway. A woman so thin that she's invisible sideways, saw us come, suddenly she throws herself into a doorwell, flat up against the door, like some invisible Zombie force picked her up and threw her against it. Oh she tried to make like she did it herself by smiling and asking if we had enough room. Like the hallways wasn't wide enough for two wheelchairs to pass without touching.
2) Yesterday shopping in the mall I went to buy something for Joe for Christmas at Marks and Spenser. Several times when I turned down an aisle whole families stopped. Frozen. My Zombie Powers had taken the power of movement away. When I caught their eyes they all looked like they were considering what they should do when confronted with a wheelchair in their aisle, should they run, should they stay, should they look, should they look away, they acted like they had so many competing impulses that they ended up just frozen in place. This happened three times. Zombie Powers are cool. I just wheel around the warm bodied statues and continue on my way. I believe but do not know, that the power of movement comes back to them.
3) Joe and I were in a very crowed WH Smiths yesterday and we stopped to look at cards, we always do, it was jammed around them so I parked where Joe could hand them to me. I noticed a little girl notice me. She too was waiting on the sidelines. She took a step towards me, smiling. She openned her mouth to speak and her mother noticed her about to talk to me. "Don't you go near him," she shrieked, "you don't know what he's got." Well, I know what I've got, I've got Zombie Powers.
4 This morning I woke from the sleep of the dead ... um ... isn't that exactly the definition of Zombie....
I know that other people with disabilities must have Zombie Powers too ... are your's limited to my rather paltry powers ... or are their more that I can learn over time. I am willing to be your Padawan ... let me in on your Zombie greatness.