So, we’ve seen some crips monopolize convos, rattling on about themselves…about how bad their lives are, about what they get the government to do for them (getting over), about anything about them. Being a crip, talking to some other crips, can be trying…if not outright maddening to the point you want to throat punch them. OK, so MAYBE that’s a little extreme, but, really.
I don’t know what it is. Maybe, and I could see this, they’re so used to answering questions that they’d rather just get them out of the way…like a recording: “Hello, you’ve reached Jason Rhode, I’ve got Spina Bifida with a side of CP. I use an electric wheelchair. No, I don’t live in a “home.” I’m married to another crip, and we’ve got two fur babies we take care on our own. If you have any questions, please wait for the beep.”
The problem with that is they don’t stop. It’s easy to get on a tangent. You’re held hostage, because it’d be rude to a. walk away and b. tell them to stfu, so you can get a word in edge-wise. After all, convos are a two-way street, right?
I know we get asked the same questions over and over and over. It comes with territory. But, invest time in whoever’s talking to you. In the long run, they’ll respect more for your investment in them…and, chances are they might forget the cripness.
Be good to each other.