Warning: This is a vent. :)
I'm going to start out by saying that I'm sure the lady was just trying to be helpful, but it does get old. Yesterday, I went to see the ballet. I was waiting in line outside the accessible bathroom because the regular bathrooms were down three very steep flights of stairs.
The lady in front of me kept turning around staring at me. Finally, she said, "You know that there are bathrooms downstairs, right?" I was a little stunned, and I replied, "Yes, but I can't walk up and down the stairs." She said, "Oh, I didn't know if you knew."
Like I said, I'm sure she was just trying to be helpful, but it was embarrassing in front of the other people in line. She was an older woman, but I would never assume that she was UNHEALTHY because of her age (she didn't have any mobility aids), just as she shouldn't have assumed I'm HEALTHY because of my age (I'm 40).
I would never make a comment to someone like that; I would consider it impolite. I'm probably hyper-sensitive, though, because of all of the stares and comments I've gotten in the past for using accessible seating, bathrooms, etc. I don't know, I probably shouldn't have even explained anything; I just should have answered, "Yes" and turned back around.
Oh well. Thanks for letting me vent. Have any of you had similar experiences, and if so, how did you handle it?
Hugs - Austen
"There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart." - Jane Austen