But that day I was just in my wheelchair wearing a little skirt just above my knees.The blouse was a little on the tight side with pantyhose and my two inch platform style heels.I’ve become used to wearing pantyhose too which I never used to do.Without the pantyhose, the pads on the braces rub my legs too much.I have all kinds of shoes from athletic shoes to sandals for the summer.My favorites though are the high heels I wear at work. My right leg is also a little shorter than my left one, another part of my disability.I’ve learned to use my leg braces pretty well and walk with a swing through gait.That means I put both forearm crutches out in front of me and swing both legs through the middle.
Sometimes my skirts barely cover the thigh straps on the tops of my braces.I looked too and could see the pink polish on my toenails through my tan pantyhose. This man had to see me pick my leg up with my hands and get my foot back on the footrest of the wheelchair. Sometimes, when I know I have an audience, I put on a little show. I thanked him and pulled my leg up by lifting under one knee. I hooked my toes with the shoe and pulled it onto the heel of my foot. We both made our apologies and started talking about where we were going, what our jobs were, who we knew and things like that. Jeff asked me if would like to watch the game that night with him at a bar a few blocks from the office. I would love to go on a date with this handsome, polite man. I’m also very cautious of guys only interested in dating paraplegic girls.Now most everyone has seen my legs of course, but I realized at that moment no one at work has ever seen my bare feet. Being in a wheelchair we are a bit more vulnerable.This is the story of how I met Jeff and our first date together. Jeff doesn’t seem to mind dating paraplegic girls or that I’m handicapped. I still can’t believe, if I wasn’t running late for work that day, we may have never met.Being in a rush, I decided to go in my wheelchair, without the leg braces I usually wear.