Something struck me as funny recently; a reoccurring theme. As you know, I work in PR, a very in your face, in the lime light, front and center type of field. . .and I love every minute of it!
Prior to meeting a possible business partner/donor/visitor I usually have correspondence with them over the phone and/or email. During those conversations, whichever they may be, I never say,
"Oh and by the way, I'm in a wheelchair."
What would be the point? It doesn't define me, nor does it have any barring on my work capabilities.
So when it comes time for the face-to-face first meeting this is how the scenario usually goes:
I get the call from our front desk telling me my guest has arrived. I come out to greet the guest, approach them with a hello and perfect PR smile and then wait for it. That split second where they look at me in almost disbelief that I am "the Jamie" they have been talking with because of my being in a wheelchair.
I laugh to myself because it happens almost EVERY TIME.
P.S. Congratulations to Anash who won the $50 gift card to Handbag Heaven.