I’m a great believer in karma, and the vengeance that it serves up to those who are deliberately mean is generally enough for me.
I took my elderly relatives on a “long weekend” outing to bring some joy and new experiences to their lives. We stayed in a well-known Motel Chain for 2 nights on the coast of Oregon. They are 90 and 83, both have chronic conditions and challenges ambulating (walking). Often we use a wheelchair or walkers to accommodate them with a ramp-equipped van.
This morning I came out to the parking lot to find a BMW had parked in the Handicap Zone between our WC van and another Handicap designated car. This rendered both parking spaces useless for employing ramps. Important to note, the BMW was NOT handicap designated. Out of all the places to park, they wanted to be near the front door…I’m always baffled by this kind of behavior? And I can only believe karma will play a role in their future.
This quote by former First Lady, Rosalynn Carter always impressed upon me the fact that we live on a continuum from birth to old age (if we are fortunate), and that we pass through each stage being dependent most at the beginning and the end:
There are only four kinds of people in the world – those who have been caregivers, those who are caregivers, those who will be caregivers and those who will need caregivers.
*Empathy…I bet there’s an app for that!
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