Watching Shawna Daigle roll up to our table, I looked from her to the chair in the place she was supposed to sit and panicked.
I wasn't sure if I should stand up and move the chair to make room for her wheelchair, if she could move the chair, or if I should just scoot mine over to make room. I settled with asking her if I should move the chair.
She said no.
It was later, when she was giving a speech on how to act around those with physical disabilities, that I started to blush. The Fountain Valley resident told the audience about a handful of the hundreds of incidents where people have tried to help her and she didn't need, or want, it.
She was talking about me, I was sure. It was self-centered, I know, but when she rolled up for our interview, I panicked. Not knowing what is appropriate made me uncomfortable, so I fumbled.