Traveling around in a wheelchair or scooter, throughout the day, people constantly look at me, then look at the scooter, look at me, then look at the scooter, etc.  While I  understand their curiosity as to why a seemingly, healthy and young woman would be confined to a scooter, in many instances, the glances become awkward moments. I’ve learned to appreciate those people who are sensitive and recognize that continued staring is just plain uncomfortable. However, there are some people who simply cannot help themselves. So I’ve learned to use my adaptolution to get through those situations.

One day, Aaron, my baby, did the look. He was in his daddy’s arms and he looked over at me, then the scooter, at me, then the scooter, etc. While I am sure I read more into it than I should, I was about to crumble into a heap of tears. But then…the adaptolution came to me! As a mom, I knew I had to do more than simply understand he is curious and not let his looks bother me. I quickly sought a way to make the scooter a fun experience for him.  I put him on my lap and started saying Vrooom Vrooom. His smile warmed my heart and got me through that aching moment. Now  I am affectionately known as Vrooom Vrooom. I’ve learned that you have a choice to either accept the sadness that comes with a physically limiting disease or you can make the most of every situation and look for those times where it can actually be life enhancing. I believe in looking for those positive moments such as my baby boy sitting on my lap saying Vrooom Vrooom. After all, who else has a mommy that can carry their baby around in a race car?  Now when Aaron calls me, it’s with a squeal of delight because he knows that we are going for a ride in the Indy 500!

Featured image, a watercolor comic by Patti Pogodzinski 

Watch this to hear Aaron’s Vrooom Vrooom