To The Editor:
A lot goes on around us in life which we don’t pay attention to because it doesn’t have much impact on us. We didn’t pay attention to all the “stimulus packages” that Congress passed over the last four years to improve the economy until it decided to take all of them away at one time. Low and behold we realize that cumulatively they have a major impact on our lives/incomes. I like to call what we recently experienced as the “You’ve Impacted My Life Syndrome.” Maybe this is why this so-called “fiscal cliff” became such a big deal.
The syndrome hit my life over three years ago when my wife had an aneurysm which led to a massive stroke. Accessibility became a real important criteria in our lives. Where to park, how to get into a building, how many steps, the bathroom accommodations, where to sit all were questions we learned to ask about before going to events. These were things I had never paid attention to.
Now most of us — yes, me included in the past — complain/ed about all those reserved parking spaces right in the prime — near the front door — locations that are “never” used. Or those reserved seats in the back of the theater that have all that aisle space and room to stretch out and are “hardly” ever used. These areas are made available to challenged customers so they can enjoy what most of us take for granted, the ability to enter a building or see a movie.
A while back Jannette and I went to a movie and could not believe our eyes — there were six challenged folks attending the same movie. Could you believe they all had chosen to go to the same movie at the same time? I asked if any of them would relocate to the lower area of the theater and one gracious couple did.
The need to ask the people to relocate reminded me of a passage in the Bible. It just proves that something written 2,000 years ago still applies to us today. Jesus tells us in Luke 14 not to take a seat in a highly prestigious location for the host of the event may ask you to relocate if someone more deserving attends the gala. It’s hard to think of handicapped seating at the rear of the theater as seating for prestigious guests more deserving, but in a way, it is.
I like to think of the challenged people here with us as ones who “God has lent to us a little longer” and they really deserve the seats set aside for them.