Saturday, 17 April 2010

The Lives of Others II

At the lights in Goulburn yesterday afternoon.
Mother to child who has tried to cross against the traffic:
'They're still green, you spastic.'


  1. That's no way to talk to a child with cerebral palsy.

  2. Quite. He's "differently abled".

  3. It was a girl and she was fine - fit and well, aside from the psychological scars. As is probably obvious, her mother had what the head of the team that introduced a particularly hopeless computer programme where I once worked used to refer to as 'issues' - ie huge, insurmountable problems that made the thing permanently dysfunctional.