He's been there before.
But it hadn't been.
And I wondered why.
I think I'll tell you what I saw and then I'll tell you how I chose to understand it. I'd be curious to know how you choose to understand it too ...
We parked ourselves at a table. Ruby and Sadie had appointments at the hairdressers upstairs and we decided we'd have a bite of lunch as we waited for the appointment time. We, being robopaths, chose to sit at the same table as we always sit. For some reason our favourite seems to be everyone else's least favourite because even when the place is full, this table is often empty. As the kids got busy taking off their coats and talking about what they wanted to eat, I pulled in and got myself parked.
One of the kiosks that I often get lunch from sometimes has eggplant parmigiana as a special. I looked to see if it was available. I waved to the guy who works here, he's lovely, he's friendly and though he speaks not a word of English, he manages to take orders and give change without too much fuss or bother. I noticed that there was a walker parked right at the entrance way into the stall - where employees enter to cook and serve. I thought that, perhaps, someone was in there leaning against the wall, out of my sight, and chatting with him.
He's not chatting with anyone.
I looked around to see who had left their walker there.
There's no one around in the immediate area who looks like they need a walker.
Ruby went over to see if they had cheese pizza available and I saw him move to get near to speak to her. Though I've seen him many times before, I'd never really noticed how he moves behind the counter. He moves by using his hands and his arms - he places them, locks them in place, and then swings his lower body. The walker belongs to him.
And now it's parked.
Right at the entrance.
Where it's never been parked before.
It was placed in such a way that it would be impossible NOT to see it.
OK - that's what I saw.
Here's how I interpreted it - and I know that this is an interpretation.
He was making a statement of some kind.
He was 'coming out of the closet' with his disability and making it present and real for all to see.
I believe there was a purpose in his action.
I don't know what it was about that day, or why he had made the decision. But I do know that the presence of the walker there does something and says something. And I think that what it does and what it says are important.
I say that the walker was a symbol of disability pride and disability defiance.
What say you all?