Thursday, July 25, 2013

I Have The Gangsta and Pimp Walk Going on!

Throughout my life, my walk has been described many ways. I couldn't tell you every description but there were a few that ingrained in my memory.

I recall the doctors describing me as ataxic and spastic with a wide gait. Hence,diagnosis Mixed Cerebral palsy, which means a combo. ataxia and spastic.

Ataxic gait is defined as unsteady, uncoordinated walk, employing a wide base and the feet thrown out. It's a very accurate description except for the feet thrown out.  I don't throw my feet out, or I don't think I do. BabyGirl, her father and I had once came up with "I weeble wobble but don't fall down..most of the time.


Spastic: a gait in which the legs are held together and move in a stiff manner, the toes seeming to drag and catch. My legs are not held together in my opinion but I am stiff. But I do tend to drag my feet. I still hear my mom demanding, "Pick up your feet!" It was annoying and frustrating to me as a child but as an adult I can see that I could be dragging worse than I do now.


As a child, kids used to tease and laugh call me crippled and said I walked like a duck or penguin. They would cruelly imitate and laugh. I thought they looked so ridiculous. 

As I got older my peers would tease I was a cowgirl or suggest I should get off my back with sexual overtures. I remember some idiot boys would laugh and say, "C'mon Cowgirl! Give me a ride." It was disgusting and shameful to me. I had wished they would disappear during those moments.

As I age and have grown, the name calling doesn't affect me as much. Sometimes it hurts deep inside. But for the most part I  laugh along WITH them now. I think the way it affects me depends on how it is  presented. 

For example if I am in a crowd and a kid comes yelling, laughing and pointing saying to others, "Look she walks funny" makes me uncomfortable and hurts. I want to crawl under a rock. Not because of the shamefulness but because I hate attention brought onto me in that way.

But if I am with family or friends or people I know and we start talking about it, Or even if a stranger comes quietly bringing no attention I am fine with it. Actually I embrace it and am happy to answer.

The other day I was having my day with BabyGirl and her friend was there. It was the first time I met him.  I can't remember exactly how he started as we were walking down steep stairs. I was concentrating on not tripping. He said something like "What happened, you walk like a PIMP ..or a gangsta?


It caught me by surprise because BabyGirl usually tell her friends before so there would be no awkwardness. I asked, "BabyGirl, you didn't tell him." She said no and proceeded to tell him that I had Cerebral Palsy. He responded, "Oh I am sorry." 

I just started laughing and said that was a first! I had been described many things but never a pimp or gangsta.



He apologized and I could tell he was sincere and met no harm. I wasn't offended or hurt. It just struck me funny.  

I giggled throughout the day when I thought about it.

It is amazing how different people can describe one thing so differently.

Have you been called a name that was funny? What kind of names were you called that hurt your feelings and why?

4 comments:

  1. Oh Lordy, name calling is just awful. Glad you baby girl found a genteleman with a kind heart.

    I use to get poked fun at because I never wore frilly or new clothes to school. I had to choose between music and dance lessons or clothes and I always chose the later. The worse was when I car full of girls thought I was a cute hippie boy because I was wearing my brother's hamd me downs. That still hurts a little to this day. And I still have troulbe wearing and buying girly clothes.
    It is amazing how our youth cann affect our adult life.

    Pam
    Boy that was a pretty big share for me. lol

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  2. I so appreciate your big share Pam!! I am sorry you had to go through that. And nowadays alot of girls wear boy clothes. My daughter went through a phase, short hair, boys shorts etc..But it shows no matter what, some moron will find SOMETHING to tease you about.

    It's sorta comforting to know we are not alone.."SIGH"

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  3. Im sorry I am giggling here... I just couldn't imagine anyone suggesting you were a "gangser" or "pimp". lol. some people just dont think before they open their mouths!!

    hugs!!!

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    1. That's okay I giggled too. It was just the way he said. He didn't mean it as being mean. He is really a sweet guy and a little ignorance seeped through at that moment!

      Hugs returned!

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