Wednesday, April 8, 2015

FL - A Day of Miracles - Easter

     Easter Sunday morning Marie, her cousin Sue and I went to the beach for a few hours.  The weather was absolutely perfect!!!  While Marie and Sue hauled all the equipment and set it up, I hobbled much further down the beach than before!  It was great…nothing short of a miracle!  Funny how we take simple things for granted when all is well.  For example, walking…to walk on the sand with crutches, I have to place each crutch into the sand down as far as it will go, make sure my shoulders and hand grips are in place, lean forward enough that I don’t fall backwards, lift and slide my good foot forward…but not too far…focus on my balance, pull the crutches out of the sand and repeat the whole process for each step I take!  Wow!
Cool parachute smiley face ad

Guess which foot is the boo boo one!

Sunning in a real
beach chair...loving it!
Sue in chair.


Marie emerging from the water

 I’ve always given thanks for my good health, but after this ordeal is done, I will specify gratitude for my ease of mobility!
     The girls put my umbrella up during lunch because the seagulls here are very aggressive and will swoop down and grab your food right out of your hand/mouth if they see an opportunity!  For whatever reason, they won’t fly under an umbrella!  CRAZY BIRDS…LOL
     When it was time to leave, I got myself up out of the lounge chair and began my journey back up the beach.  Not 5 steps in, I heard someone ask if they could help me.  I looked up and there stood a VERY tall sturdy young man with a pleasant smile on his face.  I laughed and said, “Well, only if you plan to carry me!”  Very seriously he replied that that was exactly what he had in mind.  He told me to trust him and he handed my crutches off to somebody, put one arm around my waist, had me put my arms around his neck and he scooped me up and carried me to the parking lot.  In a moment of extreme gratitude, I told him I loved him.  We chuckled a bit when he said it was the least he could do considering all the ‘rotten’ things he’s done in his life.  I assured him that he burned a lot of karma with this act of kindness.  Then we both laughed out loud again!  He waited with me until Marie and Sue brought the car for me.  Some may call his act one of chivalry…I call it a miracle!

The view from our table

     Later that evening, Marie and I headed out to get some dinner.  The restaurant we chose had a ‘roof-top’ dining room with access consisting of what seemed like a pyramid heights’ worth of stairs!!!  Just passed the stairs, Marie noticed a sign that pointed to their……ELEVATOR right next to the handicapped parking place!!!  Oh, yeah!  Another miracle, for sure!!!  I’m on a roll!!!

     The hostess seated us at a table for 4 so I’d have a chair to prop my leg on, but the table was in a high traffic area.  Marie glanced out the door and saw an empty table overlooking the marina.  She asked if we could sit out there instead.  Sure enough, wish was granted AND we could hear the live band that was playing on the deck!   Miracle?  Absolutely!
Sunset in Madeira Beach on Easter

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