what if … children stare at you?


less is more 10.01.13

What if I told you that my prosthesis frequently attracts the open-mouthed stares of young kids? What if I told you my first impulse is to hit said young kids over the head with a bat? What if I told you my first impulse is to stare them down? What if I told you my first impulse is to engage in a lengthy explanation of what a prosthesis is and why I wear it? What if I told you that my actual first impulse isn’t to do any of those things?

What if I told you that I and The Amputee Mommy had a fascinating talk about how we respond to children’s stares? What if I told you that as an extra bonus feature, we talked about how we respond to adults doing the same thing?

What if I told you that my working hypothesis is that our response to the two shouldn’t be all that different (most of the time)?

What if I told you that even though it’s October 1, The Amputee Mommy and I would insist that this is our September podcast? What if I told you that if you disagree with our labeling of this as a September podcast, then you’ll get two podcasts in October for the price of one?

Well, here you go – school has started and The Amputee Mommy and I once again get to enjoy the experience of little kids stopping dead in their tracks and whispering to their friends as they realize that adults with robot legs are taking over their elementary schools. It can be a bit disconcerting, especially if you haven’t worn a prosthesis all that long.

In this week’s Amp’d, we discuss different ways to deal with this situation. Many good stories in this podcast, including an ill-conceived, child-driven theological debate. So listen in and enjoy!

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