I painted this in 2003 during recovery from Guillain-Barre Syndrome. That year I learned how to drive a wheel chair, use a walker, then canes, and to walk unaided again. I was reminded of this painting because my husband had to use crutches for a time after an accident. And now I am limping from a sore toe that I stubbed last week. And I know some other people facing surgeries, recovery, and interrupted plans. I am glad for tools, like this walker, to aid in times of impairment. My time of impairment helped me to have gratitude for things I had taken for granted--including blinking, walking, balance, sight, muscles that work, calm nerves, ability to eat, sleep, and use the toilet. I am grateful for recovery that happens sometimes quickly and sometimes slowly. One day at a time.
LeTtiNg iT gO BLoG
Linda T. Hurd.