Every day the bus comes and collects the boy in the yellow wheelchair. He usually smiles as the lift brings him up.
At school the kids in preschool watch to see him come off the bus.
In many ways, Charlie has already become synonymous with his chair and lately I’ve been wondering about that. I bought the chair so he would have a way to travel around school–I didn’t think about how it would give him an identity.
I’m also not completely sure I like that. His teachers tell me that often people come into class and are amazed to see him sitting, crawling, and playing with toys. Really, though, that’s not a huge deal–Charlie eventually reveals himself–he’s far more capable than he lets on at first.
But what about how Charlie sees himself? Does he see himself as the boy in the wheelchair? Does he even imagine that he might walk some day. Or is that not something that four year olds think about?
I spoke to the PT about it and she said that as long as we’re not teaching him that the chair is his only mode of mobility, that it shouldn’t impede his ability to learn to walk.
I still wonder, though, about how he sees himself. Does he think of himself as the boy in the wheelchair? Does he even want to walk when he’s got such status by not walking?
I’m not sure. I’ll be thinking about this one for a while I’m sure.