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.