The Handicap Spot (A Verse)

When a car pulls into that blue handicap spot in the grocery parking lot, what do you do?  Do you watch and wait and evaluate whether the party who emerges from that car has sufficient woes to justify his or her decision to park so close?

May I venture that, for most people who park in handicap spots, they are not happy about their status.  They do what they need to do, and it matters — more than you know, more than they admit — what you think of them.  So ignore their apparatus and summon up your kindest, most generous thoughts, lest you be the one who needs that handicap spot.

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3 Responses to The Handicap Spot (A Verse)

  1. Sue Collins says:

    My sweet friend Joan Castleman who shares hip surgeries and our graduating from University of Rochester with Master Degrees in community health (hers) and pediatrics (mine) was concerned that I got accosted while parking in a handicap parking space–Ha. Let me say that it is very hard being handicapped in any way, and I have a whole new appreciation for negotiating with crutches let alone a wheelchair. We went to an art gallery in Asheville with 3 stories and a freight elevator (not for people). I did not feel safe negotiating the open staircases–sorry–no access. Subways in NYC are impossible to navigate as to which stations have an elevator. Now that I can get in my Z4 I worry people will judge me still needing to use a handicap space especially if it is a short walk and I do not use my crutch. On the other positive note, when people see you with a crutch they are immensely kind in offering to open a door or help in any other way. Went to a restaurant with my daughter and family and she was shocked that they would seat and give me a table when the whole party was not yet there (parking). Never a problem–the hostess ALWAYS seats me immediately and I am profusely grateful. In sum, people are kind but accessibility for any handicap is sorely lacking. We need to do better as always having a handicap bathroom in most restrooms and fast food restaurants!

  2. Enrique says:

    An interesting research question is, What fraction of handicapped parking tags are misused by family members of the recipient of the tag? A secondary question is, are there too many handicapped parking spots, or too few?

  3. Craig says:

    Hi Enrique, thanks for reading and for the good followup questions. A question of my own is, why are not all handicap spots located next to the front door of the establishment? At our local Ethan Allen furniture store, the handicap spots were in fact the farthest away of all spaces! The manager gave us a very flimsy reason for this, but I have noticed inconveniently-located spots elsewhere as well.

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