Friday Fictioneers – Included

Every week, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (thank you, Rochelle!) hosts a flash fiction challenge, to write a complete story, based on a photoprompt, with a beginning, middle and end, in 100 words or less. Post it on your blog, and include the Photoprompt and Inlinkz on your page. Link your story URL. Then the fun starts as you read other peoples’ stories and comment on them!

PHOTO PROMPT © BRENDA COX

Included

I watched the boy in a wheelchair as he gazed at the gaudy carousel, with its bobbing, gilt-maned steeds. It had a mechanical organ, which was infusing an old Beatles song with melancholy.

With a rumble, one of the new trams passed between us, steel wheels squealing against steel track, eclipsing both sound and sight.

When it had gone, I saw the carousel operator and the boy’s father lifting the wheelchair onto the carousel and securing it near the edge of the platform.

The carousel revolved, the organ played a Sousa march, and the boy looked out – and beamed.

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52 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Included

    • Thank you for your kind comment, Elmo. It spurred me to be curious about whether wheelchair users are ever able to experience fairground rides. I discovered that Alton Towers have one space for non-ambulant persons on most of their rides. It’s probably not enough for demand, but it’s a start! I’d be curious if anyone has had experience of using such a facility.

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    • Thank you so much for commenting on the descriptions, Brenda. I’ve been reading about how the abstract lifts the concrete, and the concrete grounds the abstract, and I tried to capture some of that thinking. Your comment tells me it probably makes a difference!

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  1. Thank you so much for writing such a beautiful story of inclusion, Penny. It is hard for wheel chair users. However, there are also issues for relatively invisible mobility issues, and a lack of awareness, insight and empathy on all fronts.
    My mobility is challenged and when I booked into a show at the Sydney Opera House where I could get a free ticket for my companion, I ended up in a wheelchair for the night. I thought it would be an interesting experiment, and what I love about it, was being wheeled through the crowd by the concierge who had no qualms about wheeling me through all the inattentive patrons. It was quite fun. We also got to use the VIP parking right out the front. It was amazing. Here’s a link through to a post I wrote: https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2016/08/25/a-wheely-good-night-at-the-sydney-opera-house/
    I have been facing discrimination on a different front. We are in the process of coming out of lockdown here in Sydney. They have really tried to encourage people to get vaccinated by restricting access to the unvaccinated. This has been described as a vaccine passport. Now, the churches got up in arms about excluding the unvaccinated and for the first time in my lifetime I suspect, joined forces across denominations and faiths and fought against the vaccine passports. As a result, vulnerable people like myself are shut out. For me, it’s not just about whether someone else is vaccinated. THere’s still that gap, so I also stick to people who are keeping a low profile and stay at home introverts are my new best friends. In all the public media discussions, the churches never mentions vulnerable people or people with disabilities. We are used to being invisible but it would be nice to be acknowledged. The vaccine rollout to people with disabilties hasn’t gone well either. That cropped up in the Royal Commission into people living with disabilities.
    So, after going through all of that, you’re story was a much welcome acknowledgement.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

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    • Thank you for such an interesting comment, Rowena. There are so many everyday things that restrict what people with disabilities can do. Mostly the rest of us never think of all the implications. I confess, I had never thought before about the difficulties a wheelchair user would have with a roundabout, but seeing the boy in the wheelchair looking at the roundabout make me wonder, hence the story. I shall try harder to think in future!
      I was glad to hear you’d enjoyed your evening in the Sydney Opera House. What did you go and hear?

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      • You’re welcome, Penny. We went to the Opera House to see our then 11 year old daughter play the violin in a school’s concert. I was so proud of her…and rather envious. I also play the violin. She quit the end of that year and focused on her dance. She wants to be a professional ballerina.
        hope you’re having a good week.
        Best wishes,
        Rowena

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