I can remember my mother always walking differently than everyone else from a young age, but it never bothered me. I always understood that I needed to walk a little slower, so I could stay at the same pace with her. I don’t remember asking why she walked differently until I was about in the 3rd or 4th grade, but I’m sure she explained cerebral palsy to me before that.
My mother’s cerebral palsy has never affected how I interact with her on an emotional level. I love my mother all the same, no matter what. If someone doesn’t understand that they need to slow down for my mom or that she’s still the same person, it’s not my problem and they aren’t in my life. I make sure that the situation is better for her walking wise, or that I slow down so that she isn’t tripping over herself or anything like. She fusses at me for wanting to help her when there are high curbs or anything of the sort, but it’s only because I care about her. I prefer to help her up there rather than see her trip.
In the end, my mother will always be my mother, no matter what. She’s raised an independent, well-adjusted child who knows how to handle herself and the world before her. If anything, I’ve learned how to be a more understanding person thanks to my mother. I love her, and I dare any one to mock the way she walks. If my mother hadn’t been through what she has been, I wouldn’t be here, and she wouldn’t be the person she is.