Not too long ago my Husband, Krew and I, went to the grocery store. As usual, we parked in the handicap parking space and went inside to do our shopping. We came outside and I started loading the groceries and Krew inside the car. Parked right across from us, was a woman getting out of her car into her wheelchair. As I started putting Krew into his seat, suddenly I hear this same lady start yelling at us. She was not very nice, and was yelling all sorts of rude things. Basically saying how we shouldn’t be parked in the handicap parking, and how we are not disabled and so on. I actually just sat there in shock for a little bit. I couldn’t even respond to her, because I couldn’t believe this lady was yelling all of these rude things to us. She kept on yelling, and we ended up just getting in the car and leaving.
After we left, I couldn’t stop thinking about what she said to us. I kept thinking, “How could she say all of those rude things?” ” How can she just judge us and our situation just by looking at us?” ” She doesn’t even know us, or our situation.” I kept going over it again and again, and it was just getting me more and more frustrated. I was trying to figure out why she would be so rude and angry? There were plenty of other empty handicap spots around us, so it wasn’t that we took up the only spot. I don’t like confrontation and usually don’t say things, but I was thinking I should of said something to her. Not to be mean to her, but I just wanted to let her know that Krew has every right to park there too. I kept going over it with my Husband. He finally said, “Steph it’s ok just forget about it.” I was frustrated for a while, but finally dropped it.
Our son Krew will be four years old in December. He is still young, but getting to be a big boy. At almost 40 pounds (dead weight too) and 42 inches tall, he is getting big for me. It’s only getting harder and harder to carry him all around. Once we were able to park in the handicap parking, I was so happy. It may seem like such a simple little thing, but it has helped me and my back so much. I have been so thankful for this. Sometimes it’s the simplest things that make such a difference.
A lot of people look at Krew and think he is just a normal kid which I love, but they have no clue he can’t crawl, talk, or walk. We all have judged others, and have been judged by others at times. Over the past five years, through everything we have been through, this is one major lesson that I have learned.. Through many of our situations we were judged. This is one thing I try not to do, and something I always try to work on. The people that judged us didn’t know us, or our situation at the time. We all have trials, and hardships. We all have different stories. You never know what people have been through or are going through. I always try to think twice before assuming or jumping to conclusions or judgements about someone. “There is a story behind every person. There’s a reason why they are the way they are. Think about that before you judge someone.” -Unknown author
Hope On. Journey On.