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Friday, September 16, 2011

Friday’s Confession Booth: The Handicap Stall

Welcome to Friday's Confession Booth. To participate - you write a "Confession Post." It doesn't have to be serious, and you can read more about them HERE. Make sure you Enter the link-up below.  Then grab the button and place it in your post to link back and share with everyone's confessions




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 I Confess:  I’m thinking about parking in a handicap stall.

At work – we have parking.  Regular staff parking, student parking, visitor parking, high-reserved-parking-handicap-green-blue-688and handicap parking.  We have a handicap sticker.  Alexander shouldn’t be too far from a car ever … or his diastat ever.   Also – we go to a lot of doctor’s appointments and sometimes we have to park very far away.


I never use it for myself.

EVER.

I don’t really even like to use it when shopping or out and about.  I always picture my grandma needing that spot… and – we can walk.  Alexander, although he may need the pass for walking/riding purposes someday, he needs it now due to weather conditions and “medical fragility.”

Which brings me to Tuesday.  A phone call to work.  I run out of the building…. and – I’ve parked in the first open spot when I arrived at work.  The end of the parking lot.  Honestly – I’m completely out of shape.  I ran down the halls of our massive building.  I ran through the parking lot.  But, I needed to take a 3 minute step walk to catch my breath because … well, I couldn’t breathe.  I thought, “Oh my GOD – my son is seizing – and I have to walk because I can’t make it to the car?!?!?

Of course, the plan is to lose weight and run faster and be better.  Of course it is.  But until that happens….. should I park there?  There are about a billion handicap stalls.  They are never full.  But, I feel it is wrong. 

Is it?  Should I park in one of those spots? Or…. should I take what spot is left open?

I confess... this has been on my mind since last Tuesday... and I feel guilty just thinking about it.

(Oh... I posted an "update" late last night. If you didn't get a chance to check it out... you can go HERE.)


 

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7 Comments:

At September 16, 2011 at 8:25 AM , Blogger jen@its all about me said...

I get that and have a similar attitude Kristen. My mom has a sticker and we rarely use it. I'm always thinking a bit of walking will be good for her and she's always thinking there's someone out there whose worse off than her. So we park somewhere else. :)

 
At September 16, 2011 at 8:25 AM , Blogger Secret Mom Thoughts said...

I wouldn't park there either although I understand the temptation.

 
At September 16, 2011 at 10:50 AM , Blogger Laura said...

I going the other way here- but only in this situation. You are parking at a SCHOOL, where you go everyday. There are probably several handicap stalls, right? How many of them are used by people that actually work at the school? How many visitors does the school get in a day? How many of those use the handicap stalls? How often to you need to leave school to take care of Alexander?

When you weigh it all out the question is really - "What is the likelihood that I am going to make someone else's life more difficult?"

I am glad you don't use the handicap stalls for yourself, and I definitely wouldn't encourage it when going shopping etc. But this is a school parking lot-- and you should be able to get to your son....

And- I don't think you should feel guilty for thinking about it, :) though, the fact that you do says a lot about you and your caring for others.

 
At September 16, 2011 at 10:53 AM , Blogger ~*Jess*~ said...

I completely understand. At the end of the day it's about your baby and making sure he's safe! It's a tough call, because you just never know. Go with your gut :)

 
At September 16, 2011 at 11:54 AM , Blogger My New Normal said...

I'm not sure what I would do either. Maybe use one of the spots if there are several available but never take the last one???

 
At September 16, 2011 at 3:31 PM , Blogger Slyde said...

dont do it.. . dont be one of those people!

my office here at work is right outside the handicapped parking area, and i sneer all day at the parade of asshats who pull in the handicap spot, put the sign on their window, then sprint to work.. i want to run them over with a semi!

 
At September 16, 2011 at 4:13 PM , Blogger Kristen said...

I gotta say - these comments are like reading the words that run through my brain! The minute I have myself talked out of it... then I look at the 20 spots and think... what if it happens again? And then.. I call myself an "asshat" (great word Slyde) for even considering it!

 

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