October 18

October 19, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Posted in Me, Transylvania | 8 Comments
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October 18: Happy Anniversary to me!
I asked my husband at dinner last night if he knew what day it was. He looked at me in that deer-in-the-headlights way, mentally going through the list of birthdays and anniversaries to see if he’d missed one. And, yes, it was the half-anniversary of our first date, but I wouldn’t expect him to remember that! More importantly right now, it was the two-month anniversary of my surgery in Italy to repair my broken leg. I’m still on crutches, still not walking, but nearly every day, there’s some small measure of progress. Soon, I will be on my feet again (literally).

I picked this picture to mark the day not because of what’s in it, but because of when I took it. On our trip this weekend, I did a lot of sitting. A lot of hobbling to and from chairs and benches. A lot of watching: watching my kids play, my parents put dropped mittens back on cold hands, my husband toss the kids up in the air. At this moment, though, my mother was putting the baby down for a nap. The older kids were hiking up a trail and climbing into a treehouse with Daddy and Pawpaw. And I was alone.

I wasn’t lonely. I could hear my children laughing. I watched yellow leaves drift down from the trees surrounding me and felt the cold, cold wind on the back of my neck. I snapped pictures of this and that. No, I wasn’t lonely. But I was alone. It struck me as a metaphor for this injury. I’m unequivocally thankful to have had people around me, supporting me, helping me, since that first day in the hospital. Ultimately, though, I am alone on this long road back to health. I alone must adapt to these physical (and mental) limitations. And I alone have the strength to overcome them.


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  1. This is a beautifully written post, Stacia. It brought tears to my eyes.

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  3. I really like the perspective on this one!

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  8. […] bone in my mothering body (even the broken one) wanted to “correct” them. To remind them of the adorable finished product we were […]

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