Careful about being quick to judge someone

Disgruntled gentleman in the grocery store parking lot: I wanted to apologize for using the handicap stall at the grocery store. I have a proper handicap placard, and I’ve been to the appropriate doctors to obtain my legitimate handicap designation. It was obvious that you disapproved of my using the stall. What a wonderful ego boost for me! That means that all my years of walking and exercising have paid off.

Disgruntled gentleman in the grocery store parking lot:

I wanted to apologize for using the handicap stall at the grocery store. I have a proper handicap placard, and I’ve been to the appropriate doctors to obtain my legitimate handicap designation. It was obvious that you disapproved of my using the stall. What a wonderful ego boost for me! That means that all my years of walking and exercising have paid off. My gimpy left arm and leg were not the first thing you noticed. Well done me! My errands took me to three separate stores and my fatigue levels were high. Perhaps there were other forces affecting him, he clearly, thought my using the stall was a gross injustice. Maybe he’d feel less disapproval if he knew more of my circumstances.

I’ve had M.S. since I was 17 years old. I have a cane and a wheelchair, for when I’m recovering from more serious episodes. I walk with a brace on my foot to counter my drop-foot, especially when I have a lot of chores and errands to do. Careful management of my disease, has prevented my re-entering my wheelchair for 16 years. Hopefully this continues for many more. It’s a life-long lesson for most of us; I try to be reserved about passing judgments. Today was a great reminder that we cannot possibly know all the circumstances of everyone’s lives. That being said, and in relation to Mr. Grumpy, I choose to feel flattered by his assumption that I am abusing the system. Truth be told, it’s proof that the health system can succeed in providing an enhanced standard of living, it has for me.

Life is easier, when one is not so eager for conflict or to find fault in everything.

K.L. Snow

Red Deer

Just Posted

VIDEO: Community ‘comes together’ at opening ceremonies

The nation will focus its eyes on Red Deer for the next… Continue reading

Red Deer man loses car after being caught twice driving with suspended licence

The Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit ticketed the man in December and on Valentine’s Day

Plenty of Family Day fun lined up in local communities

Choices abound in Red Deer thanks to 2019 Canada Winter Games

Rural crooks using drones to target properties

Drone hovering over a property in Clearwater County was reported to RCMP

Blackfalds reviewing proposal to open its own registry office

Town administration expected to report back to council in two weeks

VIDEO: Community ‘comes together’ at opening ceremonies

The nation will focus its eyes on Red Deer for the next… Continue reading

Games athletes making themselves at home at RDC

Red Deer College’s campus will be home for the athletes during the 2019 Canada Winter Games

Alix resident captures beams of light near Lacombe

Lacombe, Blackfalds, Red Deer photos have since gone viral around the world

Welcome message from the mayor

On behalf of Red Deer city council, the City of Red Deer… Continue reading

Canada avoids world’s top players in opening round of Davis Cup

MADRID — Canada has avoided a confrontation with any of the current… Continue reading

Canada’s McKeever swaps skis for tuxedo, nominated for Laureus World Sport Award

CALGARY — From a glitzy awards ceremony in Monaco to the nordic… Continue reading

Scrutiny, family woes pile pressure on pregnant Meghan

LONDON — When Meghan Markle became engaged to Prince Harry, the American… Continue reading

It’s a girl! Berlin zoo’s baby polar bear has 1st checkup

Berlin’s Tierpark zoo says its latest baby polar bear is “a perky,… Continue reading

Local Sports: Kaitlan Linnell achieves hockey dream

Coming up through Red Deer minor hockey Kaitlan Linnell had a dream… Continue reading

Most Read