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Kids say the darndest things

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Daniel

One of the best parts of using a wheelchair is seeing different people react to you. Many adults stare at you while trying to make it look like they aren't, trip over themselves to hold the door for you while blocking it entirely with their body, and are afraid to ask why you use a wheelchair (or ask it loudly after knowing you for 5 minutes).

Kids however, have no such filter. Dan and Chris have been asked all sorts of questions ranging from curious ignorance to outrageous theories. Here's our top five:

  • "Look, a choo choo train!" 
  • "Can I have a car like that guy?"
  • "Can I use that when you're done?"
  • "Were you born in a wheelchair?"
  • "How do you sleep?"
Just recently, our cousin was convinced that a set of handicapped parking signs in Hilton Head was installed to help point the way to the accessible entrance to the beach! 

The general consensus around here is that the best kids are the ones that look at you like you're completely normal. Of course that dude uses a wheelchair, why wouldn't he?  One of our favorites was a little boy who asked all sorts of questions about why Dan was paralyzed, used a wheelchair, etc, then came to the following conclusion: "You must be very special!" You got that right kid.

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Haddayr said:

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Yes; when their parents aren't frantically dragging them away from us, kids are the BEST.

I had one girl ask me to show her how I walk without my crutches. I obliged.

She laughed and laughed. "That's funny!" she said. "Why don't you just walk like that all the time?"

Her brother, an observant kid, said quickly: "Because it hurts."

"Oh!" she said, disappointed.

In her mind, 'it hurts' was a great reason not to walk a certain way, but 'it looks funny' was a great reason TO walk a certain way.

LOVE KIDS.

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