A Walk in My Shoes

A Walk in My Shoes

From Chicken Soup for the Soul Celebrating People Who Make a Difference

A Walk in My Shoes

You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.

James D. Miles

My father has suffered from Parkinson’s disease since his late thirties. For the most part, he could do everything it took to work his full-time job, raise five kids, and keep my very busy, stay-at-home Mom happy. But when he hit his early sixties, he woke up one morning unable to move his legs.

Within three months, he lost his job and spent all of his time going to doctors to find the right combination of medicine that would allow him to lead the life he had before that dreadful morning. But it seemed no matter how the doctors increased or decreased his medicine dose, life as he knew it had permanently changed. Slowly but surely, medical equipment began to fill his home, including a wheelchair.

Life has not been easy for him. But every so often something happens that reminds him that the world is still good. While at a hotel in Delaware, Mom was pushing Dad in his wheelchair. He needed to use the restroom, but with Mom weighing only half of what he did, it was very hard for her to lift him out of his chair. They needed help and searched the lobby for someone who looked as if they had a big enough physique, and heart, to come to their rescue.

Before long, a gentleman approached them and asked if they needed assistance. My mother explained that Dad needed to use the restroom but she didn’t think she could get him out of the chair. Although he wasn’t a large man, he swooped my dad out of the chair and got him in a stall. He called Mom into the bathroom and guarded the door while my parents were in there. When Mom needed help to get him back in the chair, the good Samaritan reappeared and, with very little effort, hoisted his arms under my dad’s and sat him back in his seat.

After receiving very appreciative thanks from my parents, he turned and walked away. It was only then that Dad noticed the most remarkable thing about this man. He was a double-amputee with two prosthetic legs.

Cheryl M. Kremer

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