Kids' Remarks About My Wheelchair

Kids’ Remarks About My Wheelchair

Kids really do say the darndest things. I have never minded when kids come up to me and ask their crazy off the wall questions about my injury or my wheelchair. Over the years I’ve compiled a list of off the wall comments and questions asked to me by small children, some including my own daughter. Here are a few of my favorites.

“How do you sleep sitting up in your chair?”
How cute is that? Some children assume that we spend all of our time in our wheelchairs and can’t get out under any circumstances. I tell them I sleep in my bed the same as they do at night.

“Does your mom tie your shoes for you?”
I wish, but no she doesn’t. I show the kids how I tie my own shoes and they are amazed that I can still move my legs with my arms. I think there is an assumption that they are frozen into place.

“Can you feel it if I poke you here? What about here?”
Nope, I can’t feel that part of my leg either. Can I poke you in the stomach? Why are you laughing so hard?

“You’re so lucky you can’t get time out because you’re already sitting down.”
That one was from my daughter when she was very young. I hadn’t laughed that hard in a very long time. I had never thought about that one.

“Do you ever go fast down big hills and pretend you’re sledding?”
While that sounds like a lot of fun I think one SCI is enough for this guy.

“Does your butt ever get tired of sitting?”
All the time kid! It’s no fun sitting down all the time.

“Do you wish you had cool robot legs like in a movie?”
Only if they had lasers to match my laser sharks. Otherwise I wouldn’t be interested.

I wish I had starting writing down their questions and comments much earlier in my recovery. I always smile looking back and reading the things that have been said by them. What’s the most off the wall question a child has asked you about your wheelchair or situation?

3 replies
  1. Claire
    Claire says:

    This is hilarious!! I love these. My brother has CP and uses a power wheelchair, and we were trying to explain it to our four year old cousin via Skype before we saw her in person a few weeks later. Her biggest concern was how he took a bath with his wheelchair, and somehow by the end of the conversation she got so turned around this happened: “So you’ll get to see his really cool wheelchair soon!”, and she said, “Right. But it’s only for the bath.” Hahaha! On another note, I don’t think I’ve commented before but I LOVE your posts. Keep writing; you have a gift!

  2. Jordan
    Jordan says:

    Very cute questions! Glad that you’re able to give them some cute answers back too. Love the robot legs one! If I were asked that I’d ask them what cool robot part they’d want to have.

  3. Melissa Gatlin
    Melissa Gatlin says:

    Though some of us (MS, Polio, PPS (post polio syndrome) do not lose feeling, though MS can also affect sensory nerves .. same is true for some of those that have Incomplete Spinal Cord Injuries. Polio affects motor neurons not the sensory neurons.

    But I love kids reactions .. they are much more open to asking questions.

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