My Chair, Freddy -Joe Padalino Editorial

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Joseph Padalino and his chair, “Freddy.” Photo: Dolores Palermo for Life-Wire News Service.

So, I am getting a new chair, but I want to talk to you about my friend Freddy, that’s my old chair. Excuse me if I get a little emotional because Freddy means a lot to me. Freddy was my friend.
When I had to say goodbye to Freddy for the very last time, I was very sad. That day my father was with me and I wanted to cry on his shoulder because I couldn’t believe that that was the last time I was going to see Freddy ever again.
I was sad because I could no longer sit inside Freddy.

People sometimes dismiss these feelings – my emotional attachment to my chair — but Freddy was alive to me. I gave Freddy a voice.
Before Freddy, I had a manual chair. This current chair is named Viper. Viper has a lot of markings because I am a restless driver. But these are my markings. Viper is a warrior.
Viper will go to Jersey for my backup chair. My new chair is named Amanda. Amanda is blue and bigger, feisty and quicker, but I don’t know much more about Amanda yet.
What I want people to really believe is that all my chairs mean a lot to me. To some of you, I know this is silly, but this is coming straight from the heart. If you have something that is your friend, cherish it.
– Joseph Padalino with Kathryn Carse
Photos by Dolores Palermo for Life-Wire News Service.

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1 thought on “My Chair, Freddy -Joe Padalino Editorial”

  1. HI Joseph,
    I can completely understand about Freddy. Freddy is like a really good car he’s your mode of transportation, he’s your romantic wingman. Freddy is also your Secret Keeper much like a regular car is because you can hide things in between the cushions so nobody else can find them but you. Anyone who tells you that your wheelchairs any of them, are nothing is lying to you. Everyone has an attachment to something for an emotional reason, it could be their first camera they ever used to take a picture. or a piece of cake from a wedding that if it got destroyed they would really cry because it represents a special day.
    Freddy represents all of your special experiences because you put the wear and tare on him to make those memories!
    Keep rolling buddy!

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