The Beatles song “I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends” could be my theme song. Literally. I need a lot of help! Let me explain.
I guess you all know me by now from my previous postings, I work as a library clerk in a community college, and I have cerebral palsy. I walk with two canes, and when it is raining or snowing the rubber tips on the end of the canes are very slick on the tile floor here in the library. So if it is raining or snowing when I get here in the mornings I wait for someone to come along and I ask them if they will walk with me into the library. They always have. Another thing I can’t do is tie my shoes. If my shoes come untied here at work, I have to ask someone to tie them for me. They always have. Also when we have college-wide dinners, like we just had last week at Christmastime, we go through a buffet line, when I get to the end of the line, I can’t carry my tray to the table. Someone always is there waiting to help me with it to the table. These people are so good to me, I couldn’t make it without them. Another thing I don’t do very well at all is steps, I can manage alright if there are handrails, but without that a couple of freestanding steps may as well be Mount Everest.
A lot of people like me resent help, but I gladly accept it, and I appreciate every single thing these wonderful folks do for me. I don’t like to ask for help, and I try to do the best I can, but I also realize there is no shame in asking for help when I can’t do something myself.
Thank goodness for friends!
Name: Martha Rhoton
Date: 11 Dec 2000