Dear Ann Landers, I was run over by a drunk driver 21 years ago. As a result, my right arm is paralyzed, and my right leg is partially paralyzed and shorter than the left. I walk with a crutch.
I am completely independent and self-sufficient, but whenever I am out in public, someone asks, "What happened to you?" Not a day goes by that some ignorant jerk doesn't confront me with that rude question. Recently, a neighbor's 7-year-old grandson imitated the way I walk in front of his friends. They thought it was hilarious. Parents should teach their children that it is cruel to make fun of a handicapped person.
The able-bodied cannot comprehend the embarrassment, humiliation and struggle we must endure. Please tell your readers that we should be treated with respect, not stared at or questioned. Thank you. - Managing in Mesa, Ariz.
Dear Mesa, Your letter should go a long way toward educating those who are insensitive to the disabled. I hope parents of young children will take special note of what you have written.
Hi! It's Margo here. I'd love to know what you think of the letters -- and the answers!
Also, any additional thoughts you might have. Thanks!
Hopefully, the 7 year old won't grow up to be as ignorant as the family he came from. It is outrageous to think that people need to comment or ask this person what happened. It's none of their business. Some people are so damn ignorant! The people who think it's any of their business are the ones with the problem-mentally, that is!
The 7 year old is being a kid and his parents should talk to him. the more agregious behavior is adults who ask you what happened. I would want to have a snappy comeback, but that won't stop the idiots. But, " nothing happened to me, what happened to you?" might make them think twice before asking again
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