I had to buy a walking cane over Spring Break. I have a neurological disorder that is progressing into my limbs, and I was pretty bummed to have to "give up" and get something to help me walk. I'm a stubborn person by nature, and I was dreading my first day back to school, knowing I would have to explain it to the kids and my coworkers. I was embarrassed, and honestly, just frustrated that I had to deal with it at all.
My day could not have been more opposite of what I expected.
It started with my pod girls (my 3 teacher neighbors) expressing first concern, and then offering to "bedazzle" my cane. All of a sudden, instead of hating it, I was thinking about where I could buy another one in a more fun color! Instantly, my spirits lifted.
Next, the kids could not have been more understanding. They took it in stride and just went with the flow. Not a hint of judgement or ridicule...they showed maturity beyond their 11 and 12 years.
All day coworkers politely and sweetly asked what happened, and I explained. All the reactions I was (stupidly) expecting were not to be found. No one treated me like a victim or made me feel singled out. I could not have been more encouraged by the kindness of my friends.
All I can say is that I am blessed. I could not have asked for more understanding from a group of people. They boosted me up when I needed it and helped me see this little cane in a whole new perspective.
Because of them, I can see that it's going to be okay, and I couldn't be more thankful.