This is a rant and I may be being unreasonable again but don’t pity me. Don’t look at me and think… poor thing. And NEVER EVER say, “Oh Poor Ruth!” when a table of food is mostly off limits apart from a few safe things.
Just don’t do it. DON’T DO IT!
I don’t have lots of money but I am not poor. I’m pretty sure no one with any kind of disability wants to be referred to as ‘Poor anyone’. It made me cross.
But why? The person isn’t meaning to be rude and I know this.
Am I just being over sensitive?
I don’t think so. It seems to happen so much… from friends, from work colleagues and from family.
It’s just something to think about. Would you say to a person in a wheelchair, ‘Oh poor you… you can’t walk…’
No you would not. Not unless you were incredibly insensitive.
And I’ll tell you why it’s so horrible. Because as you say this… “Oh poor you. What CAN you eat?”
You are usually tucking into whatever wheat or dairy filled delicacy you have in your own hands. It comes across sometimes as a bit smug. Poor you hey… but I’m OK Jack!
And if we are somewhere and there is NOTHING I can eat. Still… please don’t pity me. I will usually have food squirreled in my bag and am not going to starve from missing a meal.
It’s my life and I’m pretty happy most of the time.
Just don’t ever say those two words to me or one day I might get REALLY cross with you… you have been warned. I… am… not… poor! Despite the cost of freefrom food I’m doing quite OK thank you 🙂