Saturday 24 March 2018

‘You’re disabled, how will you be celebrating Valentine's Day?’

Jennifer McShane talks about love and disability

Jennifer McShane
Jennifer McShane

Jennifer McShane

As it is Valentine's weekend, I figured I would be asked the standard question: so, how many cards/gifts did you receive? However, I was more than a little surprised when instead I was asked: “So, you’re disabled, how will you be celebrating Valentine's Day?”

“Em, the same as everyone else?,” came my quick response. (I actually try not to celebrate the day as I can’t stand the commercialism, but that's beside the point).

The question was not meant to mean or offensive, but from what I could tell, genuine curiosity as to how someone with mild Cerebral Palsy (CP) would mark the romantic day. And genuine surprise when I said there’s no reason that I would celebrate the day any differently to anyone else.

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