Welcome to my word garden. This is a collection of thoughts, smiles, and life-moments. Feel free to stop a while and relax. Thanks for reading
I wrote those words when I first set up this blog, before any of the rest of my story unfolded. A little back story…in my previous life I was a teacher, most recently at the high school level. At the time I set up this blog I felt as if I was drowning in love and passion and stress. I had no idea what to do. Then life totally threw me a curve. If you’re interested in finding out more, please read a few of my posts from before September 14 2014. On that date I was in a car accident and almost died several times over. I was left in a coma for several months, eventually went to a brain rehabilitation facility to make a recovery that defied every expectation. At first I wasn’t expected to come out of my vegetative state, then I wouldn’t have any quality of life. Next I wouldn’t walk or see: then I wouldn’t be able to swallow, etc. etc. etc. etc.
Now I am home. At this point I cannot drive, and may not be able to drive forever. I admit I had severe struggles with that, and still do. I currently cannot think of any kind of paid employment that I could do to help our family. I’m hoping that one day that may change. I am scarred, but my face still looks pretty good. My brain is broken, but when it’s fresh and well-rested, it still works pretty well. I have remnants of my speech aphasia, especially when I’m tired., and sometimes my speech gets pretty slurred. But, I suppose, considering the bleak outlook of a couple of years ago, I’m just making up for lost time. So I write, and I tell my story. All this is in service of a book I’m working on, about my accident and my journey through the darkness and back towards the light. Together with my entire family…..my daughter wrote eloquently on my Caring Bridge site throughout the accident months, and all those entries are going to be included as well.
All in all, I’m very very very very grateful for all these things. I hope you will come along and enjoy this garden that I planted two years before the accident–just in time for perennials to start blooming. Little did I realize that God knew all along this was in my future. His tenderness and attention to the least details is staggering.