OK, I'm in a wheelchair. I think we've all got that.
OK, walking is difficult and when I have to do it, I'm afraid of falling.
OK, I thought THIS was my disability.
Yesterday after work we were on our way to Ottawa to visit Mike, Merrissa and baby Ruby in their new digs there. We stopped in Belleville to pick up Joseph, Mike's number one son, to bring him along for the ride. Joseph is 13 now and we've known him since he was about 6. It's been great watching him grow up, primarily because he's an awesome kid with a character that just won't quit.
After the preliminary hello's we set into the journey. Joesph called his dad on my cell to let him know that we were formally on our way and after he hung up I joked with him about his one word teenage answers to questions. I introduced him to a word, one that he's probably not learned in school ... 'sentence'. And then, he was off ...
In a two hour car ride we heard about:
one video game we've never heard of - and something about blue tooth that we didn't understand
three television programmes that were completely unknown to us but one involved a guy in a wheelchair who manages to be a crazed killer at the same time
four snowboarding terms that while we could put the syllables together we had no grasp of the meaning
Then Joseph decided to quiz us with questions from cell biology that he's learning in science - I'm afraid we were even stupider than he might have thought - I guessed that the word endoplasmic had something to do with the fuel they used on the Starship Enterpise and the sad thing was I wasn't kidding. Finally, God be praised, he tried a history question and Joe nailed that one. And for me, he tried a linguistic trick which I explained was a tautology and then introduced him to the 'prime tautology' and explained how one of the first was noted in the Bible. Finding this little fun, Joseph was back on other topics involving ...
two robot toys
three different gaming systems (who knew?)
how the WE (?) game works
So, here's what I got out of the trip. The wheelchair isn't the cause of my disability. Being over 14 is ... after Mike picked up Joseph I looked at Joe and asked. "How much of that did you understand?" Joe shook his head and said, "I need to lie down."