Sunday, March 1, 2015

Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month: Day 1: Staring

Having CP and using a wheelchair, people are going to stare.  I haven't always known how to respond to it, especially when parents reprimand their kids to look away.  But thinking about this made me remember a few years ago when I was hanging out with a sweet 4-year-old I'll call Hailey.

She wanted to push my wheelchair (like sit in it and push) but she was so small that I compromised.  She sat on my lap and pushed with my help.  While we were doing laps in the hallway, another gentleman was also in the hall. who was an amputee.  Though Hailey was not curious about my disability any longer, she immediately noticed this man.  She said, "Why does he only have one leg?"

I told her, "Because some people have two legs and some people only have one."

That was a fine enough answer for her.  In fact, she later went home, and apparently was "playing wheelchair" with a stroller and her doll.