I think that's why I get such a kick out of watching her do things. Amy shows me a side of life I'd only see on the news, and opens my eyes to what life is like from the perspective of a wheelchair and how it feels to rely on the kindness of others - sometimes for help into a bathroom stall, sometimes to push her across a sandy beach, sometimes to read her stories in front a crowd.
|Amy & her Posse|
Take yesterday for instance. While I kept my lazy ass in bed, pushing the snooze button every 8 minutes while awaiting Amy's phone call, she was up (probably before the sun) preparing to go surfing. Yup, I said surfing. As a part of the Christopher Reeves Foundation, Life Rolls On, came to town for give disabled men, women and children a taste of sun and surf (in Amy's case, a few face fulls of salt water) For the 6th year in a row LRO hosted They Will Surf Again at Jacksonville Beach. They had their biggest turnout ever of surfers, volunteers and sponsors. I suppose if one is in the middle of a group of psyched up people about to do something new, kind of scary, a little bit dangerous, and a lot of fun, it's not hard to get caught up in the excitement. Before the surfing began, there was all kinds of whooping and hollering. I was one of the whoopers!
|Amy's to the left in the middle of all those helpers!|
After about 5 tries, my beautiful, brave buddy sailed across the top of a small wave right into the shore where she did a bit of a flip. I gasped, but saw how well trained the "catch the surfer" team really were. When Amy was back up on her board, encircled by her group, she smiled that kind of smile people get when they've succeeded. You know the one that spreads from ear to ear and says, "Look Ma, I did it."
I don't know what Amy's gong to do next. She won't sit idle for long. Finishing her memoir (at nine words a minute) is a high priority. Seriously the woman inspires me and makes me tired at the same time. Go check out her blog. You'll be glad you did.
Wishing for you a opportunities to try new things.