Shortly after my brain injury I attempted to resume graduate studies. Parking on any campus is a test of timing and parking agility. I never found this a real problem before injury. It’s just something we did to attend classes on campus.
Unfortunately, I had no energy, no stamina, no strength to walk a distance, no nothing … what the h*ll was I doing at KSU? I couldn’t carry my books, they were simply too heavy.
All I needed to do was drive, park and attend class. It sounds easy, right? No…driving takes mental energy. Parking is like a game on campus. Attending classes is a test of cognitive challenges with a brain injury. My world seemed upside down. I was determined to be “better” and ride the storm.
I walked so slow with a wide base gait that a turtle could pass me by. I received a parking ticket. Don’t recall where I parked, but I needed to pay the ticket. As though attending class wasn’t hard enough…now I needed to find another parking spot to pay the ticket.
I found myself the only spot available, and obviously it wasn’t a parking space! As I came out from paying the ticket, I was issued another parking ticket. Gee, I guess they didn’t think one parking ticket was enough! I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.
I didn’t have enough energy to walk back in. I parked as close to the door as I could. They are lucky I didn’t think it was a drive-thru!
Oh, I guess if I thought it was a drive-thru that would not have been a parking ticket, instead a moving-violation!
That would have been an entirely different campus or building. Grateful they were just parking tickets.
So, are two better than one?
- How to Avoid Getting a Parking Ticket (myparkingsign.com)
- Is Her Parking Ticket My Responsibility? (simplystated.realsimple.com)