Friday, June 24, 2011

The Drive

When I groaned about a long drive to a meeting in another city, my daughter said, "It sounds like you have an attitude."

She was right, of course.

I can remember when a hospital bed and a bunch of tubes were the boundaries of my mobility. Back then, I would have loved the chance to get behind a wheel and drive some place, any place. At that point, walking across the room was a big event. Being able to sleep through the night without being interrupted for blood pressure and temperature checks would have been a taste of paradise.

No more whining. Show me the open road.


Kurt Harden said...

Enjoy that drive, Michael.

Jeff said...

Michael - back when I was recovering from six weeks of radiation and chemo, all I could do was sit in a chair for weeks, taking my nutrition by feeding tube, and watching endless television. Didn't even have the strength to read.

One morning, I was watching an early news show. My wife had gone to work, my kids to work and school. I was sitting there still trying to assimilate what had happened to me. A traffic report came on with footage of a massive traffic jam on the Cross Bronx Expressway - a road I ordinarily traveled when visiting my clients in NJ.

All you could see on the video was miles of red tail lights. The usual morning traffic jam heading to the bridge.

And I thought to myself, what wouldn't I give to trade places with those people. What wouldn't I give to just have an ordinary day, sit in morning traffic, sip on my coffee, listening to drive time radio.

Now three years out of treatment and well recovered, I found myself on that same road some months ago, stuck in a massive traffic jam. I reminded myself of where I was three years ago. And just sat back, sipped on my coffee, and listened to drive time radio. With a bit more of a smile on my face than anyone else around me...

Enough said.

- J.

Eclecticity said...

You guys are awesome. E.

Michael Wade said...

Jeff's story is especially powerful. It provides some real perspective on the everyday problems of life and why we should not, in most cases, regard them as problems.