Saturday, July 27, 2013

Some disability etiquette please

Recently I went to the Kimberton Fair with my husband and children. Most people are very nice when we go out. I guess it's not everyday you see a young mom in a wheelchair with two small children.

However, some people act extremely inappropriate. It almost feels like people don't think I am capable of being a mother. For instance, the second my husband goes somewhere and leaves me for a few minutes with the baby stroller, people are immediately drawn to us. Now I can understand if my baby is crying or there is an obvious problem, however, that is usually not the case.

Last night we were at the Kimberton fair enjoying fireworks and my husband got up to get closer pictures. My son was happily watching from his stroller with me (his mother) sitting right beside him. After my husband walked a few feet away, a woman immediately came over and pushed his stroller and pushed his seat cover up! I quickly grabbed his stroller and said to let go of my baby. She did and gave me a nasty look.

 Now what gives people the right to do that? Is it because I'm in a wheelchair you see me as less of a mother? The next time you see me around town, please don't feel you need to rush to my rescue. Talk to me as you would any mother and you might find that we have more in common than what you think.

1 comment:

  1. Hi I'm Heather! Please email me when you get a chance, I have a question about your blog! LifesABanquet1(at)