In a Week…

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Her blue eyes glaze over with tears when I ask her why she isn’t riding the roller coaster. She chokes up and then states that she’s actually disabled, pausing before she says the word disabled. I’m standing by the Six-Flags rollercoaster Superman, not riding, simply because I don’t ride rollercoasters that go upside down. She looks young what with her blonde curls and blue eyes and while she waits for her tween daughter to finish the ride, she confides in me that her spine is crushing into her pelvis, and that in a week she will be in a wheelchair. I’m surprised that she is telling me all this; I’m the person people gloss over – ancedotes they tell me, deeper secrets others get confided in.

She tells me that she doesn’t tell people  she’s disabled, that she’s coming to terms with it still, and that she wants to still play tennis. Yes, she reiterates, she’ll try to play tennis even in her wheelchair. She appears as if she’s coming to terms and that talking about it is slowly easing her mind. I find myself nodding, and trying to listen as best as can, rather than filling in the pauses, and my listening is reassuring to her. She thanks me for listening, and with that her daughter arrives from the ride, flushed and happy, and together they walk away from me and out of my life. No one would ever guess the secret that I know, that in a week she will be in a wheelchair.

That was two weeks ago, so by now she is probably in her wheelchair, and I hope and pray that she finds peace, comes to terms with it, and plays lots of tennis.

A few images from my week below…

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I doodle. All the time. Doodling helps me make sense of the world around me. When I doodle, whether it be swirls or figurines, I am transformed to a world in which my doodles live, and my thoughts become clear. My mind breathes. Through my art medium of pencils, paint, potting soil, and pixels, I thrive. I am a teacher and have taught 2nd grade in Fulton County Schools in Atlanta, Georgia for 4 years. I am currently a Stay-At-Home-Mommy to a ___ daughter (she was born in June 2010—you can do the math !) and a ___ preschooler (she was born November 2012) who is exploring my creative outlet via the aforementioned 4 P’s! So far, I’m an author whose book Lailah’s Lunchbox was published in 2015 via Tilbury House Publishing. I have 2 new picture books projected for 2019: Amira's Picture Day (Holiday House, 2019) and Let Me Show You The Way (Eerdmans, 2019)! I’m an Atlanta based children-family-lifestyle photographer on weekends. Thank you for stopping by!

2 responses »

  1. Wow. That’s a lot to take. But I bet it was kind of nice for her to just talk about it with someone who had no input on her life, ya know? Sometimes that really helps. It sounds just it was refreshing for her, and I too hope she is adjusting well.

    And my son is also in a helmet (doc band) though I don’t have many pictures. He is almost done with it and got it when he was older, so it hasn’t made as much of a difference. But it sure has come in handy in his learning to walk months!!

    Found you through your comment on Kelle’s blog. 🙂

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