Power Chair….!?

I have a new member of the family and she is black.

Smallish in stature but with the guts of a champ.

She makes her presence known sitting quietly there in my living room (read: VERY visible in my small retreat).

She was a gift from my friend James, who hankered after a younger model.

She rolled off the truck and, surprisingly, I liked her immediately.

A little worn around the edges but so am I.

A good, good friend; call him tribal member, introduced the two of us yesterday.

It matters who makes the introduction, believe me.

Take me seriously here because a wrong move might kill you..

You want someone who is entrusted with keeping the highest and largest part of you present and alive during this important introduction.

Carlos lovingly cleaned her up and put some make-up on her. Washed her clean and brought her over.

Olivia and I took her for a spin around my patio and I found myself laughing at the tummy-turning feeling of spinning on a dime and the ultra -sensitivity of her gears.

She’s tightly tuned and I like her.

I don’t love her.

I’m proud of myself for the work I’ve done to prepare myself for her arrival.

I left an open space in my heart for an adventure instead of the dreaded ‘life-in-a-wheelchair’ thing.

Don’t get me wrong here… I just caught myself looking over at her with my eyes scrunched and scrutinizing at half-mast with the question: “WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING IN MY HOME?????????????”

Take a lemon and make lemonade?

Gimme a stiff margarita.. please.

***IMPORTANT note: DO NOT get a haircut on the same day you get a wheelchair.

‘Nuff said…


5 Responses to “Power Chair….!?”

  1. Jen on April 13th, 2010

    This may be the best post you’ve ever written – I can see you so perfectly with Livvy on your lap, feel your ambivalence, and hear your laughter! A bit of gallows humor, but it’s still laughter, right? Love you.

  2. Donna on April 14th, 2010

    Glad you’re making friends with the new member of the family.

    Maybe a couple stiff margaritas and a spin with your friend, supervised or not, might aid the bonding.

    Best to you.

  3. Laura Hegfield on April 14th, 2010

    : ) and : ( and sigh.

  4. Carol Aten on April 14th, 2010

    I’m in with the stiff margarita… Let me think of how to ship. Just no wheelies then puking, yes?

  5. Caitlin on April 16th, 2010

    In my head our dear friend Tiska’s comments echo:

    “A woman can never have TOO many scooters!”

    And in my head I translate that to walkers, scooters, cool electric chairs w/great turning radii … and even butterfly AFO’s.

    Best, Caitlin

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