... by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand - The Velveteen Rabbit
by Margery Williams.
As you may have read on my post update, my wheelchair - I've named her Madge - arrived yesterday.
A lovely purple in colour (Madge that is, not me) I eagerly awaited Husband dearest to come home from work so I could have my maiden voyage.
Considering I don't have very good coordination and next to no spacial awareness I did much better than I had anticipated - only hitting one bin and narrowly missing going through our next door neighbour's (closed) garden gate.
Better than these two wheelchair users anyway.
An 18-year-old woman suffered a broken wrist in a hit-and-run accident involving a mobility scooter.
She was struck from behind by the vehicle. Police appealed for the'driver' to come forward.
Sorry I know I shouldn't have laughed but you know when you get an image in your head and it just will not go away - well! I kept picturing the 'driver' of said mobility scooter leaving the scene of he accident, doing a good 4 miles-per-hour (mph).
Anyway, swiftly moving on ......
A man in his 80's was given a police warning after he caused a four-mile-tailback by riding his 8mph mobility scooter for seven miles along a dual carriageway.*
His vehicle will be confiscated if he takes it on the roads in the next 12 months.
And talking of laughing at an image you get in your head - Husband dearest is still laughing at the thought of Roadside Recovery Insurance for my chair which basically means if I were to 'break down', I could dial a number and someone would come get me. Picturing a truck towing away a car, he got a mental image of me, still sat in chair being hoisted onto the back of a truck.
* A dual carriageway being a highway in which the two directions of traffic are separated by a central barrier or strip of land, known as a central reservation (median). It may also have limited access and grade separated junctions. Where more than 1 lane is provided in each direction this type of road is usually able to carry a great deal more traffic than normal single carriageways (undivided highways). A dual carriageway may described as dual single lane, dual 2-lane or dual 3-lane. In the United Kingdom the term is used for a road with divided carriageways that is not a motorway. - Wikapedia.