Yesterday I drove to Daughter # 1’s house to pick up my granddaughter. We had a dinner date. I got there a little early so I got out of the car and walked around the yard snapping photos while I waited for her to get home. My daughter and her family have a most marvelous yard–a Garden of Eden, if you will. Except there’s no apple tree as far as I know. Of course that apple notion we’ve been fed all these years is probably wrong. I read somewhere that it would more likely have been a pomegranate in that part of the world. I tell you all this in order to say that the photos in this post were all taken in the aforementioned beautiful yard. There are all manner of little treasures peeking through the leaves.
As I drove to get my granddaughter A, I passed a man walking up the sidewalk. He walked at a snail’s pace because he required a walker with wheels. Needless to say the going was slow. I remember thinking how much I admired his grit–the busy street must have been a bit daunting. As I was retracing my route and heading toward our favorite restaurant, I saw the same man still walking. I said to A, “Holy cow! Look at that guy! He’s walked a couple of miles or more since I last saw him.” Then we talked about what might have incapacitated him– a stroke, a heart attack ???–and how brave he was to keep going, determined to get strong again.
I have thought about that gentleman a great deal in the past twenty-four hours. He reminds me of the many wounded people (including me) who are trying, one step at a time, to heal. Some wounds are physical, some are emotional. All are serious to the one who is suffering. Some heal quickly, some not so much; all of us heal a step at a time, a day at a time.
Sometimes my little cell phone camera seems to have a mind of its own. I inadvertently took this picture of my foot stepping firmly toward the next colorful exhibit that caught my eye. I started to delete it and thought better of it. I shall keep it to remind me to keep on stepping. It also reminds me of how far I’ve come since D-Day. (I read a number of blogs by people, male and female, who are recovering from separation, divorce, infidelity, etc., and many of them refer to it as D-Day. It’s appropriate, I guess.) We’re all recovering at different rates, but the good news is that we’re all recovering. Each day gets a little better.