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You Oughta Know

April 12, 2011

As my sis would have said "Just mentally handicapped"
Someone who didn’t have a good mom – no placard, no license plate. Also, she drove in the “OUT” driveway.

My mom has a handicapped placard for her car because she uses a wheelchair. The old one expired and she got the new one in the mail.

“Can you put this in the car for me?” she asked.
“Sure,” I said.
“You know you can’t park in handicapped spaces when I’m not with you, right?”
I busted up. I just couldn’t believe my mom was telling me this.
“Mom! I….I WOULD NOT.”
“Well, lots of people do, you know.”
“Not me!”
“Well, you never know.”
“You OUGHT to know.”
“Because I was raised by a mom who taught me not to behave like that!”

I think that made her truly happy.

  1. April 12, 2011 17:53

    I have an acquaintance who’s an amputee – a war veteran – and he has a handicap parking placard. But he is in pretty good shape, for that, and when he wears his prosthesis under trousers, he can walk OK.

    So one day he was parking in a handicap space and someone approached him and berated him for not being handicapped.

    He bent down and took off his leg.

  2. Elvie permalink
    April 12, 2011 18:19

    Was she speechless? Laughing hard cause you had the perfect answer.

    • April 12, 2011 21:18

      She honestly thought I might use it!

  3. April 12, 2011 18:43

    We have a placard that we can use when we have the J-man with us. It’s not that all of us can’t walk, even long distances. It’s that the J-man is a “runner” – it means if we put him down in a parking lot, he freaks out (open spaces are very very very hard for him), and either runs or flops down – neither of which are safe, since it’s not like he has any idea of the danger of oncoming cars. So we carry him. And the shorter the distance you carry an almost 6-year-old the better, especially since he often freaks out anyway and fights you the entire time.

    We don’t use it if there are other, close, spaces… or obviously if the J-man isn’t with us!

  4. April 12, 2011 18:46

    Oh, and because I’m longwinded… we also “get” to park in the handicapped spaces at school, because the J-man walks out to the car/into the school with a teacher holding his hand/arm, for the same reasons I stated above. I HATE the people who can’t be bothered to wait in the carpool lane, and so whip into a handicapped spot and let out their special snowflake, or “just run in a minute” to pick up said snowflake… while the parents of autistic kids try to keep their kids from getting hit by those people.

  5. April 13, 2011 08:49

    I do not use a handicapped placard without its person being in the car. On the other hand I’m not above inviting said person along on an errand when I’m feeling a bit lazy.

  6. mar permalink
    April 13, 2011 10:04

    Your mother!😀
    S’s dad has terrible degenerative knee arthritis (his father had to have his leg amputated due to complications) and has a really hard time getting around some days. He sometimes uses the one that their aunt had before she passed away while she was living with/being cared for by them.
    I remember one of my hs classmates saying she would park in the expectant mother spots at the grocery store because she expected to be a mother some day. Yeesh!

    • April 13, 2011 15:00

      Well, I guess I expect to be handicapped at some point too, so…

  7. April 13, 2011 10:35

    HA! In contrast I have a very able-bodied mom who gets in my car and dashes back out to grab the placard she keeps because of my dad (who’s not able-bodied) so she can try and make me use it to get a closer space. Please note: Dad is not with us on this trip. I say “no” and am declared uptight and…get this…inconsiderate.

    • April 13, 2011 15:01

      Your mom needs my mom to give her a talking-to.

  8. April 13, 2011 10:55


    When my grandpa was alive, my grandma refused to use his placard, even though she was, at that point, pretty disabled. Seriously, no one in their right mind would have questioned the little old granny hobbling around. She eventually got her own placard, because she stood firm that it had to be issued to HER

  9. April 13, 2011 12:19

    My mom was the same way.

    • April 13, 2011 15:02

      I would have a heart attack if I parked in a handi space while I was able bodied. I just could not do it.

  10. April 13, 2011 19:47

    I do sometimes use the handicapped stall when I have one of my kids with me.

    • April 14, 2011 09:15

      I don’t think the handicapped stalls are reserved for the handicapped. Just provided for them if they need it.

  11. April 13, 2011 20:18

    i don’t park in handicapped spots, ever. but i do like to use the handicapped bathrooms. does that make me a bad person?

    • April 14, 2011 09:17

      No! Though occasionally someone does write into dear Abby claiming that handicapped ppl should own handicapped bathroom stalls, I don’t agree. I mean, if someone has a walker or something, of course they should go first so they don’t have to stand so long, but otherwise I think it is grab whatever stall is free.

  12. Al_Pal permalink
    April 19, 2011 22:59

    Awesome mom, awesome daughter. ;D

    I had a 6-month placard after I broke my femur. That was almost 13 years ago! ;o

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