Thursday, July 03, 2008

July 3: Nancy Mairs (b. 1943)

[Image: Cover of Nancy Mairs' collection of essays titled Waist-High in the World: A Life Among the Nondisabled (Beacon Press 1996), featuring a close-up of a woman's belly with her hands clasped across it, a detail from Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus"]

"You know, if things are flashing by you, you don't have time to contemplate them and cherish them, you don't know that you're not doing it. And that's part of the reason why I refer to people that other people may refer to as able-bodied, as non-disabled. Because they lack disability. They have a whole element in their lives that they lack. And I have that element in my life. Because I wasn't born disabled, I also have grounds for comparison. I started my life as a non-disabled person, and I know my losses very sharply -- very painfully -- but I also know my gains."

--Nancy Mairs, from the 2005 PBS documentary project "& Thou Shalt Honor," about marriage, aging, and carework

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Rachel said...

Check out this disability-related article:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/02/AR2008070203220.html

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