OK, I'm almost over my cold. So, I went out today and ended up getting really, really, annoyed. I know that what I'm going to write is petty. I tried not to write this because I don't want to be seen as petty. And then when I realized that I simply couldn't not write it. Then I wondered if it was petty at all. So, I'm up to your responses.
We went to see an exhibit at one of our local museums - it's not one we go to often. We arrived just as a tour was starting so we joined in. The woman giving the tour was wonderfully well informed and spoke with a real passion for her subject. I enjoyed her presentation from the start. However I ended up being frustrated from the moment we started moving. I'd get into position where I could see her and the display case that she was speaking about. And then ... every time, someone stepped right in front of me blocking my view entirely.
At first I thought that this was just a typical people being rude to people kind of thing. The loss of our social contract to consider others, to me, is one of the tragedies of our age. However, I noticed that I was wrong in my assumption. People were very considerate of others. The people who freely stepped in front of me, always blocking my view, never stepped in front of any other person on the tour. In fact, they always checked to see that they weren't blocking someone else and NEVER stepped in front of someone else.
But with me, it was like I wasn't there. Now, can we please acknowledge that I'm probably one of the most obvious people you will ever meet. It's impossible NOT to see me. I guess I'm easy to see and just as easy to ignore. I guess I'm the guy in the crowd that doesn't matter. I keep asking why I try so carefully to be considerate of those who don't return the favour.
The other day I was in the mall and saw a elderly man, a fellow power chair user, who I see often. He and I have chatted a couple of time. I was getting on the elevator and said to him, 'Drive carefully, it's packed in here today.' He smiled and said, 'I drive carefully all the time, it's getting harder not to drive aggressively though.' And I knew exactly what he meant.
So, choose a letter and let me know in the comment section which best describes your response to what I've described:
a) it's flat out petty
b) you were sick and were probably over reacting
c) you have a point but it's not a big deal
d) that kind of thing pisses me off and is evidence of how people with disabilities are socially dismissed
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