I was hoping to be carefree this week. After all, this was our summer vacation, and we were traveling to Boston and Cape Cod. We had planned a mix of time in the city and at the beach with friends and family. I imagined long walks through the North End, collecting images and impressions for my next novel. I imagined morning strolls along the shoreline, a relaxing swim in the pool, and evenings exploring quaint New England seaside towns.
But two days before we were supposed to leave, my husband and I had a “texting” accident. That’s right. Texting. He was busy reading emails from work on his iPhone when he walked into me, I tripped, caught my foot in a piece of broken pavement and fell flat on the sidewalk, breaking my big toe. Ridiculous, but true! Needless to say, he felt terrible that I’ve been hobbling around with a taped toe and a big old velcro boot that extends nearly to my knee. And I was angry that our vacation plans were ruined. I imagined being trapped in a hotel room in this miserable state, sprawled out on the bed, watching TV while laughter and sunshine spilled through my window. I’d be a pitiful sight…I was sure of it.
I called a dear friend looking for sympathy, but instead she told me we could rent a wheelchair or motorized scooter. My spirits lifted. Why not? We called several medical supply centers when we landed in Boston. No luck. We ended up borrowing a battered wheelchair from the hotel with no foot rests, but we made do and took to the streets and the parks. Friends met us in Boston Commons and instead of walking around, we sat on a park bench, ate pizza and chatted. Afterwards, we listened to music and roamed the streets around Back Bay.
Another night, friends picked us up in their car and we ate a wonderful Asian dinner in the South End. A few days later, we headed to the Cape and spent a few days with more dear friends. Our days were filled wonderful conversation, food and board games that I hadn’t played since I was a child.
Hobbled and a bit humbled, I sat more and truly slowed down. Instead of rushing to the next event or city or hotel, we savored the moments and thought less about filling the days and hours with restless activity. And, I learned the power of this thought:
“The only person who can pull me down is myself, and I’m not going to let myself pull me down anymore.”― C. JoyBell C.
Perhaps, in the end, my “affliction” made us more carefree. Ironic, isn’t it?
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