I’m going to start by saying “I know I’m not the only person in this situation.” I’m sure everyone & anyone that has physical limitations at some point can relate to not being able to be helpful and/or be physically involved in something. Whether it’s age, illness, temporary injury or, in my case, surgery gone wrong leaving me permanently #paralyzed and unable to be of any help or participate in projects and fun activities.
This week, a few of my cousins were gracious enough to take the time off from their jobs to come to Our Place and help with installing new windows & siding. I am truly blessed and grateful to have such amazing family!
Sadly, while they are all working on the outside, I’ll be sitting, alone, inside. Now I know I can sit outside and watch, assuming it’s not to chilly as it is the beginning of October in the #Catskill Mountains, and provide words of encouragement like “good job” or “looks great” but let’s be honest, it’s not the same, it’s not participating, it’s not helping.
As a women, I should be able to at least be the one to prepare lunch and dinner for everyone, but I can’t. I should at least be able to get coffee/drinks and snacks for breaks for everyone, but I can’t. I should be able, but I can’t. I don’t see me ever getting past the fact that because surgery gone wrong that fateful day in June 2016 left me in a #wheelchair for the rest of my life.
My honey has been working tires-sly for the past week reframing for the new windows and wider doorway (making it easier for me to get in/out) so when my family arrives later today and the work begins that much is done. Again, as I sit here and watch him walk back-n-forth to get the hammer, move the windows to the deck, go back and get more screws, go cut another piece of wood, come back to measure window opening, etc. I cringe inside wishing I could help him. Knowing once he is finished working, he has to come in and fix us dinner 🍽️ & clean up afterwards, all while I sit. 😡 I tried to order pizza but in our small hamlet in Sullivan County NY NOBODY DELIVERS! 😲 After a week has passed laundry🧺 needs to be done, I can’t even do that! Thankfully we have AWESOME neighbors/friends across the street that washed, dried, folded and returned a load of towels!! They have been a true help to us in so many ways since #paralysis left me virtually useless. As a paralyzed #little person, I can’t reach anything! I know, I know, people think I’m being boo hoo-y, I’m not, I’m just being honest and it hurts.
As always, I wish you days filled with WONDER – take a minute to WONDER what it is that made you smile 😊 today!
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