July 20, 2011
Disabled Parking, Andrew Bynum and a teachable moment
A small news item on LA Observed caught my attention this morning:
We have had disabled parking placards for at least a decade for our son Danny, who has mild cerebral palsy. As we encourage him more and more to use his walker instead of his large-size stroller cum wheelchair, having access to the disabled spots becomes even more important to us in terms of mobility training and helping him to be independent. During his recent stay at Camp Ramah in Ojai, the camp put in a “curb cut” and laid down plywood to accomodate his mobility needs, which was truly heartwarming.
In general I find that most people are really good about observing the law and leaving the spaces open to those who really need them, but every now and again, there’s some jerk who decides he/she can’t be bothered to obey the law and be a good citizen. I don’t follow sports very closely (okay, hardly at all) but my friends who do tell me this isn’t the first time that Bynum has shown himself to be something less than a model citizen and display good sportsmanship.
Two suggestions for Mr. Bynum’s T’shuvah, or repentence, regardless of not getting fined:
Now that’s what I call walking the walk.