Wednesday, 17 May 2017

To the lady who encouraged her son to ask me about my wheelchair.

To the lady who encouraged her son to ask me about my wheelchair. 
Thank you! Often when a child asks a question about me or my chair the parents blush, they - sometimes quite forcefully - silence their child and avoid eye contact. But when your child asked how my chair could move itself you didn't wince or cringe, you didn't silence him, you encouraged and helped him to ask me whether my chair could move itself, your brilliant little lad took interest in how it worked as I explained the joystick and his little face looked so intruiged, you then went on to say how cool it is that it can help me get around, and your son - satisfied by the conversation - moved on. You smiled and thanked me for speaking to your child, but actually I want to thank you! Thank you for encouraging your son to speak to me rather than forcing him to shut up and pretending he hadn't asked questions. Thank you for engaging in conversation with him and with me about what my chair is and how it works, and making me feel like anyone else. Thank you for exclaiming to your son how cool it is that it can help me go places. Thank you for not apologising or shaming your child's inquisitive nature. Children have such a pure genuine interest, I am always happy to answer their questions, I've never had   child be belittling or acusatory, they just genuinly want to know!
Thank you!
Love from
The girl in the chair.

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