Wednesday, November 17, 2010

People in the Handicap Spot

We have a handicap parking tag for our car. It hangs from the rear view mirror. We only use it when we have Brayden with us.

The handicap parking spot is one of the few benefits that comes with a wheelchair. The space around the parking spot is key for us to load and unload Brayden, who is usually attached to his feeding pump, in and out.

We have all seen people temporally park (without a handicap tag) in the handicap spot while someone waited in the car or for a quick run into the store or unloading something.

Yes, I have been frustrated by it. Other times it does not bother me.

One evening, we arrived at the boys' football games. I drove up to the handicap spaces of the parking lot, the only spaces that were paved and not gravel. Thankful, that I did not have to navigate Brayden in his wheelchair over the gravel, I started to park. Then someone parked in the last handicap space just to load their family. I sat and waited patiently, we were not in a hurry.

The car moved and I parked. Brayden and I watched Carter and Luke play their football games. After the games, I was loading Brayden back into the car, when I noticed a piece of paper on the windshield.

It was an apology note for parking in the handicap spot to unload.
It was thoughtful of this mom to take the time to write the note. I did feel bad that she felt bad enough to write an apology.


The Henrys said...

That's really nice! I'm impressed that she wrote the note!

Slinki said...

I think it is good that she did that, and that she felt bad for parking there to unload in the first place. Personally, I see no excuse whatsoever for people using those spaces when they have no right to. I too have a handicap parking permit because of my son's disability... I don't ever use those spots unless my son is with me. Honestly...? It makes me so mad to see people use parking spots that are reserved for disabilities or prams when they are able to get in and out of the car in a few moments. You are alot more gracious than I LOL.

Michelle said...

Wow... thank you God for giving people a conscience..and for our ability to show grace.

Mile Posts by Dorothy Beal said...

You don't know me but I love reading your blog. It inspires me on so many levels. I'm so happy that person left you a note. Makes me believe that there are good people in this world. Have a wonderful day!

Wherever HE Leads We'll Go said...

That is so sweet that they left a note. How thoughtful! I have a parking tag too and only use it when Emily is with me. I don't always pay attention to who should be parked in the spaces and who shouldn't...unless I am at Emily's school. There are only 3 spaces and one ramp. I had to have the school put cones in front of the ramp because people kept parking right in front of it (it isn't marked, so they may not have seen it). But what really burns me is the number of parents that park in the handicapped spots and don't think twice about it. They are not waiting in the car, they are going in to pick up their child (which normally takes a bit of time). I just think it is so inconsiderate!

The VW's said...

That was so thoughtful of her! I'm happy to know that there are people in this world who admit that they were wrong.....this is something that seems to be fading from our world unfortunately! Thanks for sharing this with all of us, and also for educating others about this as well! Hugs!