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I Frighten Children and Just Make Everyone Else Really Nervous…

There is nothing wrong with the way I look. I could be any child’s mother. The main difference is that I have a movement disorder from a long ago stroke so I limp and carry a cane. I think sometimes people have trouble reconciling why an otherwise attractive, young looking woman is carrying a cane. Children stare as if I look like quasimodo. Adults don’t usually stare as I’m sure most have seen people in a large age range carrying canes. But the kids can’t quite figure what the deal is. We usually fear what we don’t understand. I have had more than one toddler walk right up and take my cane in a restaurant or other setting where I’m seated such as a doctor’s office. They aren’t afraid of the cane which draws curiousity. It’s when I’m walking around that kids stare and try not to get in my way. I look like their mothers with a few striking differences when I’m in motion.

Young stroke survivor, mother, champion equestrian, tambourine player, storyteller,

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