|Image description: A late 18th century man with a stout wooden leg of battered aspect
I wonder if non-disabled folk might just note, 'hmmm, peg leg' and go on. But I didn't. I think many disabled people would notice the significance of the leg actually being 'of battered aspect.' This is a guy who lives in the world. This isn't someone driven to the shadows by disability. He isn't some marginalized guy whose life is diminished and his participation in the world around him ended. This is a guy, out doing what he does, and, like any of us who use any kind of alternate way of getting around, we know that, in very short order it is 'of battered aspect.'
I look at my wheelchairs. The one I'm sitting in, the manual I use to get around work and ride the bus and shop in markets when we are traveling. It's got one arm rest and the other is definately 'of battered aspect.' It's what happens when life is lived in a world with barriers and bumps and bruises.
I was talking about this with a friend with a disability and she made an interesting comment. She said, 'you know it's not just the chair, or the peg leg, or the walker that takes the battering is it?' She went on to say that anyone with a disability or difference ends up having a soul and a spirit of battered aspect. That we all, just by living, by being in a world made uncomfortable by difference, will be bruised and battered and pick up scuffs and scrapes on our ego and self esteem and our spirit. But even so, we motor on.'
I joked, 'Ah, yes, the people of the battered aspect.'
She said, 'That should be the name of your blog.'
I thought about it. My blog name, Rolling Around in My Head, evolved from the original, Chewing The Fat. I grew tired of that name and wanted something that was more reflective of where I was in my life at that moment. When you have a blog for a long, long, long time, sometimes the name no longer fits where you are or what you are writing about. So it is with, Rolling Around in My Head, it just wasn't fitting any more.
I like 'Of Battered Aspect' as a name.
So, welcome to the same old blog with the brand new name.