Henry Peter Gribbin
take care of my mother who is 89 and suffers from certain medical conditions. The
one condition which hampers her the most is arthritis. She can barely walk. I
have been taking care of her for over three years now. Every day I used to go
for a walk. I did this not only for the exercise but also for a little mental
pick-me-up. I was never gone long, and every time I left my mother always said
she wished she could go with me. Then it dawned on me; there was no reason why
days I bought her a buggy with footrests. Now she goes for walks with me. She
has her sense of freedom back that has been missing for so long. I can kick
myself for not doing this sooner, but we have taken advantage of her buggy
(that’s what I call it) since.
have been some little problems pushing her around, though. We don’t live far
from a business district. In fact, it is only half a block away. It is a
thriving area full of life. However, one would think that a thriving business
district would have good sidewalks. This is not always the case. It’s funny,
but the biggest cracks and holes always seem to be right where some eating
place put their outdoor tables and chairs. It makes getting around them all the
more difficult. My mom is good at spotting them so we don’t get surprised.
offer the most problems. Young people texting are the worst. If you don’t speak
up they will walk right into you. Skateboarders also pose a problem, but they
have always swerved around us in the past and hopefully will do so in the future. But for the most part people have been friendly.
I said, my mother has regained some sense of freedom. Anything that gets her
out of the house is a good thing. For
that I am thankful.
last bits of advice. Buy something that is sturdy. City streets and sidewalks
are unforgiving. Also, I suggest you buy something with a seatbelt or a bar
that the rider can hold onto. That way the rider will not have of the fear of
being flipped out of his or her seat.