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How Different People See Me

By Nick Hodge
June 2006, Caerphilly
A digital story from Breaking Barriers

"I was sat in a cafe, waiting for them to come back with a bacon bap and a coffee. On the next table I heard two elderly ladies talking and I heard the one say to the other one:

"Oh, look! Isn't she lovely?"

And I did not realise they were talking about me.

The one lady said to the other:

"Shame, isn't it? I'm not afraid of them see. They won't hurt you."

They kept on looking over and smiling. I looked around to see if anyone else was about and realised they were talking about me. I started laughing then and they really did think something was wrong as I was sat on my own.

The two elderly women thought I could not understand what they were on about. How wrong they were about me. I have set up my own home, and enjoy life with my husband like any other married woman. I am a friendly, outgoing person who will let nothing or no one stand in the way of what I want to do. I feel I can do what I like, when I like and there's no one to answer to except me.

They thought I would be living at home with my parents and living a sheltered life.

What I have achieved over the years has been what I have always wanted."

Nick Hodge

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"An inspiring, insightful story which gives the opportunity for many people to see you differently." Allyson Lipp.

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