You are so charming, Miss!

 

Strange encounters – A true story

 

Yesterday I went to Cannes to meet a friend. While I was waiting on the sidewalk in my wheelchair, a scruffy, unkempt looking man stopped next to me and said “You are so charming, Miss!”. I looked up, surprised by his words. I thanked him when he continued “It’s such a pity for you to be in a wheelchair! You are so beautiful!”. He inspected my wheelchair and said suddenly that I had a bad life. “What the hell is wrong with this guy!”, I asked myself.

 

“Me, a bad life …! This man has no idea!”. I answered straight to him that my life was not bad at all and that it was only a matter of opinion. The man obviously didn’t expect such an answer and acted kind of embarrassed. He grabbed my hand and shook it with an awkward smile on his face to say goodbye. He left with a “Stay strong!” and walked away.

 

I regularly experience those kinds of strange and at the same time funny situations. It’s a weird feeling to explain a stranger that I do live a happy life and that my wheelchair is a natural part of me. After this short conversation I had to smile and I thought for once more that I could write a book about all my adventures!