Yes, she counted them, such is the deep level comments like this strike and settle upon. To the physically able the odd comment here or there may not seem like much. But amplify that across months, years, decades and countless social interactions, it builds up.
While drivers still block drop-down curb and force chair users on to roads, while shops still have steps, and councils and construction companies still build sloping pavements, it’s safe to say that we do not live in a Wheelchair World. Without a change in attitudes, on both sides of the equation, we never will live in a world where disability is not seen as inadequate.
Ultimately, the advice to all Wouldbe Wheelies out there? Do it! Just do it. Waiting won’t lessen your initial dread or sense of awkwardness, helplessness, defeat or humiliation. Neither will it dilute the strange public behaviour you’ll come across like the sympathetic stares, the accusatory stares…
There is always an idiot who will say or do something upsetting and dumb. Unfortunately, you can’t reason with ignorance, so just graciously propel yourself away and leave them to their so-called bliss.
What it will do, though, is let you speed on the downhill runs, and that’s better than an uphill struggle.