The lady in the wheelchair

It’s been a pretty bad week for bugs and illness in the Little Z household this week. Just when we thought we all had 24 bugs we’ve unfortunately realised they are the more annoying “hang around for 4 or 5 day bugs”. Couple that with the fact that the Other half and I both seem to have permanent crappy immune systems and the results are two zombie looking 30 something’s that could make excellent extras in World War Z.

None of this has bothered Little Z in the slightest and besides a few sniffles and even more motivation to bounce on his sick Daddy’s belly as he lies down, he has thankfully been the normal little hurricane that bounds about without any kind of direction or care.

So imagine the excitement when we were forced to take him to the surgery with us. Having run of time during our slow motion shuffling to get ready, we decided there was no time to drop him off anywhere and that “he should be ok for a bit”. And he was. If you don’t count the running about without his shoes on, refusal to sit down, attempts to weigh himself on the self service BMI machine and body surfing across the surgery chairs.

Then he spotted her. The lady in the wheelchair. Having never seen a lady in a wheelchair before he stopped dead in his tracks and just observed quietly. This lady that needed extra equipment to move about, someone that couldn’t walk some or all of the time and got by using her electric wheels. He stared as she expertly maneuvered herself through the narrow gap between the chairs to the reception area. He watched as she collected a prescription and nimbly made her way back to the lift and he carried on staring as she entered the lift and disappeared from sight as the doors closed.

Then he turned to me, still slightly open mouthed, and said:

“Mummy, my want a motorbike too”.

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  1. Sarah MumofThree World February 20, 2014 / 8:04 am

    Bless him! She had cool wheels, of course he would want the same! It’s lovely the way kids observe differences. They may stare, but they’re only learning and making sense of it, they don’t have any negativity.

  2. AtoZ Mummy February 20, 2014 / 7:48 am

    Sorry you have all been ill 🙁 Awwww bless him that’s so funny – I always find it fascinating when kids notice “differences” and the total innocence with which they see it. Us adults have a lot to learn!! Z has really started questioning things recently and I love it and love his acceptance of everybody no matter what / who they are!
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  3. sarahhillwheeler February 20, 2014 / 7:57 am

    Sweet, love the innocence and acceptance, hope you all feel better soon.

  4. Zygote maker February 20, 2014 / 9:17 am

    I think he is onto something there. I hope you all feel a bit better x

  5. katie February 20, 2014 / 10:35 pm

    Such a sweet and innocent thing to say – bless his little cottons 🙂 x
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  6. Complicated Gorgeousness February 21, 2014 / 10:29 am

    That is so lovely. I love the innocence of this. My three year old has floppy muscles so he is getting his first specialised pushchair from wheelchair services next week. I hope he walks before a “real” wheelchair but I hope also that if he doesn’t he has friends just like your little boy that see if as something cool. xxxx #poloco
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  7. older mum in a muddle February 21, 2014 / 11:21 am

    Bless him… they really do see the world as it is; we’ve had tons of bugs in this house too, one never ending line of colds. X
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  8. the40yearold February 21, 2014 / 11:35 am

    Oh I’d bet she’d love it that someone thought her chair was a motorbike!! My kids are usually ok with wheelchairs now, having seen Grandad in one. Love that they feel it’s ok to stare. When Pickle was 3 I sometimes would ask her what someone was doing as she had the social ineptitude to stare and I obviously couldn’t.
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  9. Katie Clark February 21, 2014 / 11:46 am

    Oh, bless him!
    Hope you’re all feeling better soon
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  10. Emma Lander February 21, 2014 / 2:15 pm

    hahahaha how funny. It could have been SO much worse. My little girl called a woman a man the other day-I just wanted the ground to swallow me up-I obviously ignored it.
    Great post c

  11. hannah February 21, 2014 / 3:02 pm

    Such a cute little story bless them! I wish things still amazed us in the way now were grown up! X

  12. MummyTries February 21, 2014 / 4:58 pm

    what a fab three year old reaction to a potentially mortifying scenario. Hope you’re all on the mend real soon, seems to be lots of illness going round at the mo #PoCoLo
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  13. Izzie Anderton February 21, 2014 / 6:45 pm

    That is so very cute (& one to remember for when he’s older)! I remember having a rubbish immune system when my daughters were small – I think it’s something to do with the crazy amount of hours we put in as parents and getting run down – it will get better with time & more sleep!
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  14. Helen at Casa Costello February 21, 2014 / 10:03 pm

    Ah bless him. My friend who has 2 disabled children always says that other children are a complete joy. They ask questions that adults are too awkward to ask. Children don’t tend to be embarrassed about disabilities and just accept that everyone is special. Lovely honest post and your little one sounds a delight!
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  15. mrstuteyblog February 22, 2014 / 4:57 pm

    oh bless. kids come out with the funniest things. hope you feel better soon.

    #pocolo

  16. Catherine @frmlittlethings February 22, 2014 / 9:13 pm

    I know the feeling! I’m so fed up of sniffling!! Hope you all feel better soon

    Haha bless him. I love the innocent way childrens brains work ^_^
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  17. Jess @ Along Came Cherry February 23, 2014 / 3:48 pm

    So cute! Cherry pointed at a man on a mobility scooter once in the supermarket and shouted out ‘mummy why is that man in that?’ – it was so embarrassing! Hope you all feel better soon x
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  18. Danni February 26, 2014 / 11:09 pm

    Oh to be a child again 🙂 What a sweetie! Squish is going through a question phase at the moment… it is a bit scary at times when he talks loudly pointing out things that in Great British style us adults usually try and avoid. I think it’s fab though… and really makes me think differently.
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  19. steph March 1, 2014 / 9:12 pm

    oh dear, it could have been far far worse!

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