I was talking to my "little" sister at the store this weekend and a gentleman came up and asked what was the matter with her husband. For the people that don't know, he is in a wheelchair and has been since before they were married. Keep in mind, that she was 20 years old when they were married and her husband has been disabled since he was somewhere around 30 years old. They have been married for 18 years. They met when he was in rehab learning to take care of himself again. I thought it was a little disconcerting that a total stranger would just come up and say "what happened to me him? was it an accident or what?" My sister and her husband handled it very graciously, I must say. She went out of her way to explain that her husband had a vehicle accident, and was very gracious to a total stranger. I hope I would handle it the same way if I was in her shoes.
I know for some people dealing with similar circumstances it gets very annoying having to answer questions. However, I don't believe it's because people are idiots, they just are curious. Really, how will others learn to deal with individuals with disabilities, if someone doesn't educate them?
I just want to say that I am very proud of my sister and brother-in-law. They have went out of their way to help others, sometimes putting themselves at risk, but thank the Lord nothing has ever happened to them!! I couldn't ask for better family and I cherish them everyday!!