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.