Thank you to all those who weighed in on the survey. It seemed like most people were noncommittal, apparently feeling that there wouldn’t be a significant difference whether the painter would put my wheelchair in the picture or not.
Now I would like to speak my mind on the matter.
The question seems to be whether my wheelchair is part of my persona or not.
To answer this question, I want you to know that when I was driving my chair, I viewed my power chair as an extension of myself.
This is probably because I was mobile with my chair. I was moving around without the need of my useless legs!
Now that I am not driving, I no longer have that feeling. Therefore, I wouldn’t put my chair in the painting.
This feeling of extension of myself I have felt before.
Back in Minnesota when I would water ski, I came to view the skis as extensions of myself. This not only made it more enjoyable but I also felt more proficient because of it.
I also felt this way about other things.
When I played ball sports to make it easier to handle the ball, I utilized the same strategy. I imagined that ball was a part of me.
On the other hand (because there’s always another hand), my chair goes with me where ever I go!
When I go to a show, I never have to worry about finding a seat! Not only that, but they always feel bad for quads like me and they give us front row seats!
In fact, when I went with a friend to an NHL hockey game, I told them that I didn’t want to sit in the designated disabled corral. Instead I wanted to sit in a regular section.
Not only did they accommodate me but they gave us our own row!
This side would imply that I would include my chair in the picture.
So what did we decide?
We went without my chair!