Starting the day off pissed!
When I woke up this Monday morning, I was in a bad mood. I had stayed up later than I wanted to the night before. I had more to drink than I wanted to. I had snored at night. I could tell because my mouth was dry. I also know I snored because Connie had woken me up in the middle of the night to roll me over. On top of that, I woke up at about 4:00 AM and couldn’t get back to sleep.
I even told Connie how I felt as we got ready for work. That seems simple but it rarely happens.
After Connie had left for her job, I started my day. It was ok, but there were more glitches than normal.
At 11:30 I went upstairs to warm up some leftovers for lunch. This is my least favorite meal, but one that I know is required.
It was getting towards noon. Which is when the bus is supposed to pick me up. So, I put my hat and coat on. Grabbed a small, blue Gatorade and my water bottle. Strapped my backpack on and sat by the window. 12:10 – no bus. 12:15 – no bus. 12:20 – finally my bus arrived.
As I closed the garage door, I noticed the driver. It was Tom (name changed intentionally). Yes, the bus driver from hell. Ugh! That’s how this day is going to be.
My shoulders slump. I asked his name. “Are you Tom?” He said, “yeah, I know you”. Crap, he knew me. On to the bus.
This was sure to be an awful ride. I was bummed.
I go to grab my seat and there’s someone else on the bus. I said “hi” and sat down.
Then, the voice replied, “Hi. Blue Gatorade is my favorite”. I replied and that’s where it all started. For the next 15 minutes, we talked about our disabilities (that’s why we were on the Mainstream bus), our abilities, our families, and of course social media. Come to find out, she’s a quadriplegic as of August 2020. You never would have known it by listening to her. She’s confident, but not arrogant. She’s resolved, but not stubborn. She knows who she is and who she isn’t.
She was living in Arizona when the accident happened. She grew up in Dublin, Ohio which is where she lives now with her parents. I still can’t get over her attitude. I get grumpy because the drivers won’t always drive the way I want them to drive. Here she is a newly made quadriplegic with a great outlook on life. She was amazing.
She changed my attitude at that moment. My complaints seemed so small. My confidence came back. My worries became fewer.
She asked who I had recently spoken for and where they were located. I told her it was a group that supports those with intellectual and developmental disabilities in South Dakota. She thanked me for not saying “special needs” because we all have needs.
She also said that she never guessed she would have made a friend today. Me either Madison. Me either.
She even sent me this picture of her winking with Wagner!
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