I have a panel covering the back of my wheelchair which is carpeted with roses. The best fake flowers I’ve ever seen, actually.

The initial impetus for creating this was multifold:

1. VISIBILITY- keeping Cathy alive while everyone in cars is texting, phoning, philandering. I began my tenure with the power chair feeling very vulnerable on the road so I tied a bright orange scarf on the back (to match the tall safety flag). After awhile the scarf faded and tattered. Looked depressing. Yuk. Needed something new and different.

2. ROSES MAKE ME HAPPY- It was all about me back then…

Two years ago I created my current roses-on-the-back-of-my-chair but now we are heading into Winter and I saw I must create a new. seasonally appropriate panel.

Over these last couple years I saw that the roses enhanced my life in surprising ways.

Beyond the visibility quotient they acted like a bridge; people commented on them, felt free to talk to the wheelchair-girl because an ax murderer was unlikely to have roses so readily displayed, ya’ know?

Kids squeal. I smile. The parents and I start a conversation that turns into exchanging cards and the recommendation of a website about MS and BEHOLD! They have just contributed to a disabled person, the kids got to be near me and have a non-scary experience and I got a fun. stimulating, informational conversation and leave feeling less isolated.

OK- so what can I do for the winter?

I decided to make a shield design purely out of FEATHERS! Aztec, Native American influences..

How fun! Can you imaging feathers taken by the wind as I roll? Bright colors like hot pink and yellow will help keep me alive.

When I am in ‘project-mode’ I WANT TO STAY ALIVE.

Rollin’ down to the fly fishing store today to check out the feather aisle.


6 Responses to “Feathering”

  1. Alexis on September 5th, 2014

    Lovely! Can’t wait to see the feathers being gently ruffled as you roll on by!

  2. willow1945 on September 5th, 2014

    Sounds wonderful!

  3. Jim on September 5th, 2014

    How about a boa? A series of boas? Take your new and old friends back to another era, in style! At the flyfishing store you should be able to find some peacock hurl that would make you kinda fluorescent!

  4. Rita Kindl Myers on September 5th, 2014

    Lovely! Do take a picture…

  5. Barbara McDaniel on September 5th, 2014

    I’m looking forward to seeing the roses or feathers!

  6. laura Hegfield on September 10th, 2014

    We have had a large family of wild turkeys visiting all summer long… they have strewn many flowers throughout our garden… mamma feathers and baby feathers… would you like some? Let me know via email and I can send you some if you’d like.

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