It’s not uncommon for people in wheelchairs to get a lot of free stuff. Sure there’s healthcare, government assistance, tax credits, that kind of thing, but I’m not talking about all of that. I’m talking about the freebies you get from random people and places when you’re out and about; things you don’t have to sign up to receive. We’re talking random acts of kindness.
The first freebie I received after becoming disabled happened before I even left the hospital. That’s right, the mother of an injured boy sharing the same room as me suddenly gave me her dress when I complimented her on it. It was the strangest thing. In my mind I was still able-bodied. I had no idea that if I complimented someone on something they had, they would just fork it over. I soon realized that’s what happens when you have a disability.
After going home and reentering life as a wheelchair-user, the random freebies continued. I’ve gotten free things from people from all sorts of places. Once I was at the mall checking out at Express, when the old man in front of me turned around and told me he’d bu