Chester Chatter: Navigating life in a wheelchair

By Ruthie Douglas
©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC

I now know what handicapped really means.

For instance, many stores have doors that are too cumbersome to open if you are in a wheelchair. Walking paths are often too narrow for wheelchairs. Tables at restaurants are many times too high for comfortable dining for those who must remain in their wheelchairs.

I have lost two walking canes in Shaw’s when I have had to use an electric shopping cart. One of those canes had been my late father-in-law’s.

Parking places reserved for handicap usage are super. But many times, the curbs next to them are too high to negotiate.

The help of LNAs is a great thing. Their care and love is much needed. Everything would be so much harder without them. I am so lucky.

Scene and heard

Many get well wishes are going out to Judy Cenate. I hope she gets well real soon.

Our new town Public Safety Building on Pleasant Street — for police, fire and ambulance — is sure coming along well. It’s been a long time coming and much needed.

Every Wednesday, I ride along with Abby delivering meals for Chester Helping Hands. The box dinners are provided by many area restaurants.

My granddog Willie Bolaski has died. He was 15 years old. Willie gave us lots of love. How in the world will he ever be replaced? I am going to miss that dog.

I’m sad that our town will be voting on everything by Australian ballot on Tuesday, March 2. But we hopefully will be back on track next year.

Lately we have seen deer around our back yard and in the American Legion field.

I spotted a snowman recently in downtown Chester. Have you seen him as well?

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About the Author: Ruthie Douglas is originally from Springfield but has called Chester her home for 58 years, and has been writing the Chester Chatter column for more than 40 of those years. Ruthie is also a longtime volunteer throughout the community.

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  1. Caroline Levy says:

    I agree on the wheelchair issue! My son uses a wheelchair and I have come to believe that every designer and architect should spend time learning through experience what it is like to navigate life with a disability. Portland. OR is the best city for retrofitting old buildings with ramps.

  2. Arlene mutschler says:

    I’m saddened to hear you are in a wheelchair Ruth. I did not know. Did you loose the canes in the Shaw’s? I’m sorry. You are very special to me. Take care of yourself!