When I asked a young friend for an image when I said the word "mobility," he said, "wheels." I thought, "What a descriptive image for that word." All around me I see folks zipping around in electric wheelchairs, bicycles pedaled by motor or hand, kids on skateboards or scooters, cars with single drivers, even a few speed walkers.
At 94, I have reluctantly given up driving myself around -- to the relief of my son and all my friends, even though my license is valid for a few more years. The other day, my friend and I parked outside a special vegetable store we both liked, and watched while a driver parked his van in front of us. He came around to the back of the van, accompanied by his teenaged son and younger daughter, and unpacked a scooter for his daughter and two skateboards, one for his son and one for himself. They all mounted their self-propelled vehicles and sped happily down the sidewalk. Their automobile wasn't enough to satisfy their need for a different kind of mobility!
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