Happy 4th and Chair Shopping

Happy Independence Day for everyone in the states! For those in Canada I hope you had a Happy Canada Day earlier this week! It is rainy here today so I went shopping for a new office chair. Well, it was the perfect day to go shopping no one was in the store. Yea, no crowds! It was so nice to be able to take my time to try to find the right chair and not bump into people. I was trying to find the same chair I had a few years ago. I loved that chair! So I had my sister take me back to the same store, even though when I bought the first chair I had a bad experience. I bought the first chair shortly after becoming legally blind and when I went to purchase the chair I noticed the salesman would look at my mom when he talked even though I had the credit card. That was one of my first experiences I really had feeling almost discriminated against because I was blind or disabled.

I had once vowed never to go back to that store. I should know better than to say never, but that was my naivety and hurt talking. My love of that chair is the main factor that I decided to go back to the store and I am so very happy to tell you that I had the most wonderful experience. Sadly I did not find the exact chair I was looking for, but I did find one that I really like.

When my sister and I got to the store we went to look at the chairs and went up and down the aisles looking. About the time I had asked her if she could find a salesperson one came to ask if he could help. He was so nice. I told him what I was looking for and that I am legally blind and he just took it all in stride. I was treated like any other customer. I was not treated like I was disabled or blind, just like someone that wanted a chair.

I find it so interesting that something so insignificant and matter of fact to one person can mean the world to someone else. The man that helped us was just doing his job and saw me as a person and not a disability. There so many times I get treated like a disability that is a person when the opposite happens it is blog worthy.

Today I had independence from my disability box. What are you gaining independence from today?

Yvonne Garris

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