While my grandson, daughter and son-in-law were visiting from Ireland, we took a trip to Orlando and visited Universal Studios.
Because of my disability and that of my daughter, it was necessary for us to use a scooter to get around the park. Because it was a humid and stormy day, we decided on a scooter with a top like the one pictured above to help us get around and to try to stay dry.
***I normally use a power wheelchair and my daughter has a service dog which helps her with mobility.***
Even when she has her service dog (which could not endure the heat either and stayed back at the hotel), with her Lupus, she is limited as to how far she can walk on her own. My wife also has a lot of difficulty walking and if she needs to be on her feet for a long time, she also needs assistance.
One good thing is that we could afford a private VIP tour. This meant that we had a tour guide which really helped to navigate the park much more quickly than we otherwise could and put us near the front of the line at most attractions.
Long story short, all three of us rented the covered scooters (or in the new theme park language, electric convenience vehicles).
***There is no way we could have survived the 8-hours we spent in the park without them, even with the tour guide.***
Even with the scooters, I was near my breaking point about 6 hours into the visit. On the way to the car, I did break and waited for a wheelchair to carry me to the parking area.
***My point in writing this post is really quite simple. The sight of all three of us riding the covered scooters in a row seemed to become its own attraction at the park.***
- People laughed at us and made fun of us.
- They grumbled because we got to go to the front of the line.
- They made audible comments that we didn’t look disabled.
***But you know what. We didn’t care.***
The scooters enabled us to enjoy a day at a theme park with my daughter, her husband and especially my grandson. We have so little time on this planet, we need to enjoy our time as much as we possibly can.
We went with our grandson, daughter and son-in-law on the attractions that we were able to ride. We had fun.
***We may have become a spectacle but we were mostly out of the rain and we were able to overcome most of our disabilities for one day at the park.***
So to all those people who laughed at us, I share the following:
In fairness, some folks were very nice to us. Opening doors, letting us ride through, and asking us how we were. But a lot of folks wanted to mock us because they thought we were either lazy or choosing a way to break to the front of the line.
So, don’t make judgments about people you don’t even know. You don’t know whether they are sick or how sick they might be. You don’t know their disabilities. And you don’t know their pain.
***Therefore, don’t make fun of people even if it does admittedly look a little silly to have three people in one family riding covered scooters in order to enjoy the park.***
Help them out. Enjoy your day at the park and let them enjoy their day! Who knows? Someday you might need to ride a scooter yourself.
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