Dont Mess With Terry
in the parking lot at Hannaford Grocery Store in Gloversville
the other day with my aide Terry. We park in a handicapped
spot, you know the kind, where theres stripes beside
the handicapped spot so no one pulls in next to you. This
is particularly important in my case, as my van is equipped
with a drop-down ramp so its easy access for me to get
in and out of the van.
So into the store Terry and I go. I had to get cat litter,
cat food and some meds for me. I also needed to go to Wal-Mart
to pick up some Round-up, since Herman keeps forgetting to
get it. So out of Hannaford we go to drop what we bought back
into the van before we go into the next store. When we approach
the van, we both notice a small passenger car withOUT a handicapped
sticker parked in the area thats got the lines painted
on it next to my van!
simply goes to the drivers side door and places the
packages in the van. At this point I want to wait and nail
the person who parked where theyre obviously not supposed
to. Terry is as disgusted as I am, and very logically says,
"Kathryn, these people might be shopping for hours. Its
probably not worth waiting around for them."
we go to Wal-Mart. I console myself because I know Im
going to be shopping and spending money. Once Im done
shopping, were back out in the parking lot and I immediately
have my radar on to see if those people are back.
the van and see theres a woman sitting in the drivers
seat. Smoking a cigarette with a small child in the back seat.
We go up to the car and Terry asks this woman to move the
vehicle as we cannot get the ramp down from my van as she
is parked in the way. This woman replies with a very surly
tone, "I dont have the keys for the car,"
and averted her eyes.
not in the habit of standing on a soapbox for my handicapped
cause, but Ive got to make a statement. Do not park
in handicapped spots unless you need to. And certainly not
in the crosshatched area next to the handicapped spot.
was so irritated on my behalf, that she was yelling at the
woman and I was laughing so hard that Terry was certain the
woman thought I was crying. So in short, Terry pretty much
rides shotgun for me.
I ever told you that Terry and I have the same birthday? Except
Im two years older. I remember when I asked her when
her birthday was. We were both sitting in the lake this past
summer and I said, "So Terry. Whens your birthday?"
She answered, "April 12th." To which I said, "Shut
up!, thats MY birthday!" To which SHE answered,
"YOU shut up! Thats MY birthday!" And we laughed
and laughed. So I guess its an Aries thing.
in a parking lot or a handicapped stall in a bathroom, please
be cognizant of the fact that some people HAVE to use those
areas. And just remember, when Im travelling with Terry,
she WILL yell if you use handicapped access without real need.
And Ill be behind her either yelling or laughing.
Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career
in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from
Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be
accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"