Sunday, September 25, 2011

Handicapped Parking

A year or so ago we finally broke down and asked for a handicapped parking permit for Tyler. It was one of the hardest things that I could do. It sounds silly because it is obvious that something is "wrong" and he walks differently than others. But we look "normal" until he starts to take off on his own.

A few times we have had people stare and recently we have had a peanut gallery actually SAYING things out loud. It seems to happen when I am alone, ( of course) and it get really frustrated. I want to put on a sign that tells everyone what is "wrong" so that the stares can stop. But that isn't going to happen.

So, instead I will "share" a few pointers with the non handicapped parkers out there.

  1. If you REALLY want to park there, go to your doctor. Make some strange condition up and get one.
  2. If you are a mom it IS against the law to leave your car running and your children IN the car while parked in a handicapped parking stall.
  3. If you take a handicapped parking spot illegally, could you please not take one in the Van loading ones. For some that is the ONLY way they can get out.
  4. If you are dropping your kid off at school it is STILL illegal to park there, if even for a moment.
  5. The fine is large for parking in handicapped parking.
While we get that parking in handicapped parking is very appealing, especially at walmart, it is not that great. You see, there is a HUGE other part. The part that goes on at the HOMES of those that are using the parking spots. It isn't that great, or that glamorous.

I get so frustrated... Please, don't park there if you don't have a sticker or placard...


Singedwingangel said...

OH momma I hear you and say PREECH.. my mom has a handicap sticker and placard for her vehicles. I get so furious when I go to Wal Mart and find all 20 spaces filled with cars that have neither of those things. I am one of those women who WILL call the PO PO and be standing there when your sorry tail walks out.. mmmhmmmm

carly said...

Call the police, Nancy! That is ridiculous, even if it's only for a moment. Handicapped people have closer parking spots for a REASON (other than laziness, which is why other people park there).

Shauna said...

Our family has a placard for disabled parking, too. Though we originally got it for my husband, when we had our daughter we were so grateful for having it. We were lugging around oxygen tanks, a feeding pump, and pulse-oximeter... not to mention her and our 3-year old. The times we couldn't find parking in the disabled area were awful!

PS- love your blog :)