Here at the resort we've claimed a table down by the pool. There is space to park the scooter and set up my regular chair under the umbrella. It's far enough away from the pool to give a few second safety net to spot Ruby if she makes a dash for the water yet close enough to see everything that goes on. Joe and I spent the afternoon there while the others were all off at some Disney Extravaganza Park, one day at the Mouse House was quite enough for us.
I had brought my book down and was really enjoying just sitting and reading. After an hour or so, I paused to look around. Another couple had taken a spot a little closer to the pool. She was plump but looked like she could easily hike up Mount 'Because It's There' if she so chose. He was not so able. He walked in tiny baby steps, teetering dangerously from time to time, he made his way around on sheer determination.
As he teetered his way by our table he stopped and took a really good look at my scooter. It is obviously a rental because the company name 'Walker' (which I find endlessly funny) and phone number is painted all over the base. He was obvously tempted but then I saw him set his jaw and shake is head, and on he went. As we left, I felt his eyes on me as I mounted my steed and took off.
We picked the others up from the park and then headed out for a feast of Chinese food. We arrived back at the hotel with more stuff. It seems that every time we come back we are carrying bags of 'stuff' up to the room. Joe had to go in and get change to tip the car jockey so I waited with Marissa and Ruby and Mike took a first load upstairs. A couple of seconds later out whipped the guy from the pool. He was riding on a 'Walker'.
I nodded and he nodded back. 'It's great isn't it?' I asked. He smiled, hugely, and said, 'I couldn't imagine,' and was off.
I don't know if he meant that he couldn't imagine the freedom it would give him, or if he couldn't imagine himself on one, or maybe he meant both. Whatever, I'm glad that he found the courage in himself to take assistance and get freedom.