This is merely another observation on another experience. I believe everyone should know what they’re dealing with as a small child, particularly around a disability.
I’m not sure what I was more annoyed with, not knowing I had Cerebral Palsy, or asking me to do things that it was clear I couldn’t do. The signs were obvious. I couldn’t walk properly let alone wear shoes that didn’t support my walking. I was given flip-flops to wear on beach holidays, only to walk out of them because I constantly struggled to pick my foot up.
Perhaps it was the ignorance of my parents not wanting to know what I was dealing with, but still behaving as if I was a perfectly normal child, without taking anything I was dealing with into consideration. Walking behind me and telling me to stop dragging my leg, to pick my foot up and walk heel toe became my biggest bugbear.
When we don’t want to know and deal with something, we will always continue to part deal with something in ignorance, as that something constantly gets brushed under the carpet because we’re not dealing with it.
It’s really not surprising that after all these years, I’m still writing about it and asking myself why.