She struggled to push an immovable chair out of my way.

Let me say that again.

She struggled to push a chair, that couldn’t be pushed, out of my way.

That’s one thing. The other was, it wasn’t in my way. The only thing in my way was her as she leaned down to try to get a chair that wouldn’t move to move. I watched for a second. I could feel, without seeing, Joe’s eyes roll as he waited behind med.

STOP. I said and she stood up panting from her effort. DON’T DO THAT. I continued. I explained to her that, and forgive me here I spoke as if for all disabled people and I promise I don’t do that often. But I wanted the weight of my community behind me on this. “It’s not in my way, disabled people hate when people leap into help when help isn’t needed. I didn’t ask for help, I don’t need help, wait til you are asked. You’ve made a spectacle of yourself and me, everyone’s watching. You know disabled people get together and talk about you non disabled sort and we HATE THAT. SO DON’T DO IT.”

“I was ….”

“Don’t even finish that sentence. Just listen. Don’t go to ridiculous lengths to try to HELP when it’s not needed. THE CHAIR IS BOLTED TO THE FLOOR. The only thing I can’t get by is you, so can we please get by, we just want to get to the bar.

She stepped aside.

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