So it’s been over a month since I left my zimmer frame up and Edale. It seems like every weekend since then I’ve intended to drive back up there to get it but something got in the way. So as final flourish to the holiday season, my mom, Lina (the company’s new amin assistant) and myself piled into the car driving 10 hours in 24 the retrieve the shiny blue frame I’ve grown to love.
Upon returning to our headquarters in Greenland Dock, I could not wait to take it out for a spin. Unlike walking in Edale, this is familiar territory. I’ve been a part of this neighbourhood for five years so I know the terrain very well, in an electric wheelchair. The story is totally different once you make me a biped. Feeling the brick’s seams underneath my shoes, the hollow ground whenever a go over a bridge, to be outside and hear the click, click, click of my wheels rather than the chair’s motor following me about means a whole new way of being outside.
I know I’m not quite as strong as I was when I left Edale… The dock looks huge all of the sudden and I’ve only be able to make it to a certain dutch barge I admire. But it feels just amazing to be standing in my community.
My mom and I keep calling it ‘miracle on Greenland Dock’ as everybody in the community keeps stoping me and saying how ‘inspirational’ I am. I used a walker ever sense I was a child and so I find myself fighting the desire to shoot them down and say ‘no, this isn’t that impressive. You ain’t seen nothing yet.’ But I have learned that ‘thank you’ is a much more gracious response. We should never take truthful inspiration away from people.
It’s a joy to see my community in a new angle. I can’t wait to explore it further. It’s a brave new world out there. Every Day.