25 Perks

30 Jan


I have a seat everywhere I go.

Many of you have been following my blog now for several months so you have noticed that some of posts have been serious in nature.  If you missed my blog on “Finding Humor in Everything” you must check it out because then you will be prepared for today’s blog.

There are only a few things in life that I take very seriously and the rest is completely up for grabs in my opinion.  Now let me just preface to you that there are many many things about being a paraplegic that are extremely difficult, painful and downright depressing at times, but those topics are no fun to talk about so I’m not going to.

What I am going to educate you about today are a few fun perks about living your life in a wheelchair.  Now, if you are already offended then just stop reading now because I
have no intention of making people mad at me.  But after 26 years I have definitely gained some insight on the matter, and if I can have fun with it you can too.

  1. My feet never get tired from waiting in line.
  2. When someone has to tell me bad news I am already sitting down.
  3. I didn’t need a stroller when my son was little…I was a stroller!
  4. I get on all the rides at Disney Land a lot faster.  Yeah!
  5. No one ever thinks I‘m lazy for always taking the elevator.
  6. I‘m always allowed on the airplane first.
  7. I can buy as many shoes as I want because they hardly every ware out.
  8. I never get blisters from my new shoes!
  9. I have the perfect lap for holding babies (big fan of this one).
  10. When in a group and told to find a seat…I’ve got one.
  11. I can always see over everyone’s heads at the movie theater.
  12. My friends find me handy at the mall because I can carry their bags.
  13. I always get a good parking spot.
  14. Signs that say, “No Shoes, NO Service.” Don’t apply to me.
  15. My hubby knows I’m exempt from washing windows and mowing the lawn.
  16. I’m the perfect hugging height for 5 year-olds and younger!
  17. Going downhill is super fun!
  18. If I get tired of walking my dog he can always pull me…literally.
  19. My air cushion can be used as a flotation device.
  20. It sounds totally impressive to say that my chair is made of titanium.
  21. When I was younger I could actually miss school for having a flat tire.
  22. I can easily impress any child (and some adults) by doing wheelies.
  23. I get two bounces in wheelchair tennis and you just get one!
  24. I am the envy of every person carrying a folding chair.
  25. I get to witness the shocked looks on people’s faces when I say silly things about my disablity!

Everyone has things in life that can be difficult, but it just might be up to you whether or not you make that difficulty a handicap or a perk!


6 Responses to “25 Perks”

  1. Barbara January 30, 2013 at 9:41 pm #

    And you have an amazing attitude all the time!!!! You are an amazingly special person and I think being para just adds to that. The only unfair thing is that you make jokes about your chair and try to get other people in trouble by responding to you 😉
    Love you!

    • kristigrimm January 31, 2013 at 12:37 pm #

      Barb- it is always my goal to get you in trouble! Isn’t that what dear friends are for? You know it’s funny!!! Thanks for the love…I’m sending some back at ya!

  2. Jon Jefferson February 1, 2013 at 10:35 pm #

    I think my favorite was #21. Flat tires can be troublesome when your wheels are your mobility, but there are advantages to even getting a flat.

    • kristigrimm February 2, 2013 at 8:53 am #

      Jon, I am glad you can appreciate this as well. Ha! Ha! I now have air-less tires because mom’s don’t have time for flats. When I was in HS that was a different story!:) Thanks for the note.

  3. Patty February 27, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

    You are truly an amazing lady…I know because I have been blessed to have met you. I believe some folks are destined to meet…as we were! Your books have made our grandson smile and laugh. Yep you are very talented! And not to leave Dave out>>he is an awesome artist, father and a cook! Love n hugs, Patty

    • kristigrimm March 2, 2013 at 1:13 pm #

      Patty you are such a blessing to me! We miss the two of you so much!

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