Fables on Ice
The second installment of Wing-Feather Fables was originally scheduled for release today. Unfortunately, Lisa, my partner-in-crime and writer- extraordinaire, suffered a severe concussion during a fall. She was walking the dog, slipped on the winter ice and clunked her head a good one. You can read her account of the incident here. Since her bruised brain needs a rest, the publication of fable #2 has been delayed indefinitely.
During her convalescence, Lisa is unable to spend much time reading or writing. The computer is especially difficult, her vision “bouncing on the page, making word soup, a letter jumble”. She has become a writer who cannot write. Words are now the enemy instead of the daily currency of her occupation.
We all understand intellectually how life can change in a matter of seconds. And yet, do we really know what it would mean if we couldn’t be the “who” we are, even temporarily? If we were forced by circumstance to forgo those things we love?
My days are filled with reading, writing, creating images and doing graphic design work for Nest. 80% of my time is spent in front of either my computer monitor or my camera’s LCD screen. This is who I am, post-retirement – bathed in the soft glow of the monitor, hands on the keyboard or finger on the shutter button. My primary communication is done via email or texts or tweets or blog posts or comments or uploads to Flickr. Silent except for the clack of the keys, the click of the shutter.
With what would I fill my days if all this was taken from me?
And so, I will be grateful for this, my routine day, spent doing the things I love. And send healing thoughts to my friend Lisa, in celebration of all the fables yet to come.