A hierarchy I’d never considered.

November 20, 2008 at 7:03 PM (Uncategorized) (, , )

If one has an impairment, and has been coming to a community center, school, church for a long long time, naturally they see a certain handicapped parking spot as ‘theirs.’

But, if a newbie shows up with the same type of impairment and parks there first, because they got there first, odd exchanges like this ensue:

“Are you just dropping off?”


“Well she [indicating their impaired family member] needs the handicapped space.”

“So does she..” [indicating the newbie]

Two impairments, same level of impairment, full parking lot only one gimp spot available.




  1. bridgett said,

    Ahhh…a growth opportunity for the institution, if they have the will to see it.

  2. Katja said,

    A very real hierarchy.

    I went to a church (not on Sunday) the other day, and found a car completely blocking the curb cut in front of the door. So I went through the whole parking lot, found a curb cut in back, came all the way back around to the front, went in the church, and found the woman whose car it was.

    “Well,” she says, “my husband uses a wheelchair.” She had a lot of trouble with the idea that there might be anybody else who needed to use the curb cut. She glares at me to this day when she sees me.

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