"If there’s a world here in a hundred years, it’s going to be saved by tens of millions of little things. The powers-that-be can break up any big thing they want. They can corrupt it or co-opt it from the inside, or they can attack it from the outside. But what are they going to do about 10 million little things? They break up two of them, and three more like them spring up!"
- Pete Seeger, in YES! Magazine

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Reach the Top Shelf for a Shopper in a Wheelchair

Endal's helpful, but wouldn't have been tall enough for today's deed.
Photo courtesy
Lisa under Creative Commons license.

The project:

Grab some groceries off the top shelf for a sister shopper in a wheelchair.
Why bother?
She really wanted that juice, but couldn't reach it with her bad shoulders, she said. Would I be so kind? Of course!

"Do you need anything else," I asked.
"The rest of my groceries," she quipped with a laugh.

I'm sure there was some truth to her joke. I would love to have stuck around and shopped with her. It was the perfect opportunity. But the girls and I were running (very) short on time before their lessons, so I felt we had to press on.
Worth it?
Yes. It's probably really tough to have to ask for help so often, and of strangers who might just ignore you. I wish we
could've stayed to help her with the rest. Would've made her day, and been entertaining for us all. (With three of us, we probably could have helped her wrap it up in record time!)

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