A couple of months ago I posted a photo of, what looked like, a woman sitting on top of a girl in a wheelchair. I thought it may have been a caregiver crossing the line and hoped, if that was the case, it would get back to the girl’s parents.

Well, it turns out it was actually the girls mother. Both the girl and the woman in the original photo are in the photo above. The girl’s brother posted the photo in a comment on the original article to try and convey how loving their relationship actually is.

The photo garnered a lot of negative comments and name calling which has been difficult for the son to read about his own mother. Even he admits that the photo looks bad but says that his mother has a heart condition which causes her to tire easily. He also explains that there is a wedge of some sort that comes up between the girls legs so that she is actually resting on that and not actually on top of the girl.

I still stand by the original post in as much that if it were a caregiver taking too many liberties I would have wanted it to be found by someone in the family. It is good to know that the photo just looks bad and that it’s not an indication of any sort of abuse or anything. If you’d like to read the two comments that the son posted on the original article you can find them here and here.

Posted by James Poling

A socialist, tinkerer, thinker, question asker and all around curiosity seeker. If you'd like to reach me you can use the contact link above or email me at jamespoling [at] gmail [dot] com.


  1. It takes a big person to own up to a major screw up, and I have that much more respect for you by your actions. I also appreciate the son coming forth to give the true account of the story behind the photo.

    This is a classic example of how two people can see the same exact thing and offer two entirely different explanations of what they witnessed.



    1. Yeah, I definitely feel bad that he has to deal with people calling his mother names. Hopefully more people will see this and lay off.



      1. Just came across this article, and then read the original. I know I’m late to the party here, but dude, you’re kind of awful.

        “It takes a big person to own up to a major screw up”
        But you didn’t own up to anything. You wrote a very vile article about a picture you found on the internet. With a title like “THIS DESPICABLE WOMAN TAKES LAZINESS TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL, SITS ON TOP OF A HANDICAP GIRL,” it’s YOU who created the environment where people were saying awful things about his mother.

        Oh, and “Hopefully more people will see this and lay off.”? How about instead, you edit or delete your previous article that says some lazy fat lady is sitting on a handicapped girl.

        I’m not so much bothered by how you whipped people into mocking a loving mother with a heart condition. I’m bothered by how much you’re acting “above” the people who were mocking her, like you had nothing to do with it.



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