Today I was walking down the street, approaching an elderly woman walking with two canes and taking up the whole sidewalk. When we got close, we both took action simultaneously: I moved over and stood in a driveway, to give her the space to pass comfortably, at the same time that she moved over to make room for me. It was precious.
When the woman realized I was hanging out and patiently waiting for her to pass, it was obvious that she was both surprised and delighted. “Thank you!” she said, beaming as she walked by. I know for a fact that experience was unusual for her, as it probably would be for most disabled individuals.
Most people will sliver past whatever spec of space is available, instead of waiting all of 10 seconds to give someone a little extra budge room. Even when disability and pain is as blatantly obvious as it was with that woman, I know people still usually take what they can get.
I am done with people disregarding my body space. I’ve started putting up my hand in a stop motion and saying, “Slow down,” “share the sidewalk” or “share space.”
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