Perks of Life in a Wheelchair


1. Many, many more smiles are directed toward me. I know this is likely all about Emma but it makes me happy.

2. A little bit more wine ingested is likely to go unnoticed by onlookers as drunken swagger is avoidable cruising home in the chair.

3. I never lose faith in humanity because I can tell without a doubt who has had great sorrow personally or peripherally by the genuine and immediate shift to empathy and connectivity in a strangers demeanor.

4. Going fast is very fun.

5. By doing nothing more than being myself I hear so often from strangers that I have inspired them in some way. This may have happened with art I created but I seldom heard about it. Besides..I roll to and fro effortlessly and art making is often very, very labor intensive.

6. As ways of being an ambulatory person get stripped away I have the gift and treasure of finding out what’s left.

7. Emma has great real estate on my lap. She is the prow of my ship.

8. As a woman interested in style, wheelchair sitting ends up being a kind of haiku-esque adornment effort.

9. Doors open magically on my approach! My heart blooms….

10. I know many street people by name and we care for one another. The slice of reality of two feet below most peoples’ is richly textured. It is a parallel reality I was previously blind to.

11. Neck exercises to allay droopy neck get done on their own looking up at every one.

12. Going fast is VERY fun.


5 Responses to “Perks of Life in a Wheelchair”

  1. Alexandra Eldridge on February 7th, 2016


  2. Debra Moody on February 7th, 2016

    Zoom-zoom! XOXOXO

  3. Jennifer on February 7th, 2016

    “Going fast is very fun” makes me smile! You will always be a speed demon, and the word that comes to mind is GLEE. Watch out world, Cath is coming through 🙂

  4. Jim on February 7th, 2016

    Yes! Go even faster! Make Emma have windswept hair! Have you tried a wheelie?

  5. Adele on February 8th, 2016

    You are a stunningly beautiful sight xox

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