The wheelchair Ramp

There is a feeling I get when I stand in front of someone’s home, before walking the zigzag journey to their front door on a wheelchair ramp. When I see a ramp it doesn’t tell me that someone inside is weak or disabled.

The wheelchair ramp tells me they haven’t given up.  

It tells me they are shaking their fists at the hand they were dealt and they refuse to stay inside. They will go out and about and they will live their lives.

A wheelchair ramp is not a sign of weakness.

It is a sign of unimaginable strength and resilience and a reminder to everyone that there is an elasticity in all of us that can stretch beyond any obstacle in order to be free and independent.

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About Madeline Scribes

A writer with a sense of humor. If anyone can laugh at life, it's me.
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5 Responses to The wheelchair Ramp

  1. whine-wine-whatever says:

    I love this! ❤ When my mom gradually succumbed to ALS, we had ramps to the front door and back patio built, and bought a bigass van with a motorized wheelchair lift on it (none too cheap). She went out and about a whole lot more than people expected her to. It made SUCH a difference in her outlook and gave her a sense of freedom and independence, even while being physically robbed of them by the disease.

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  2. Ritu says:

    So true… I have a neighbour who resolutely refused to have the wheelchair remp installed for his father. (Disabled due to dubious reasons) the thing was that over the years cooped up at home, he lost the will to live… And when he was finally bed ridden, they got it done, and dad passed away later that year, hardly ever having used it… I can’t help but think, if they had gotten over themselves, and given him the means to be independant, he would still be with us today…

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