Getting home today seemed to take an eternity. However, this incident made me laugh heartily on the inside 🙂
‘Sir, you can not bring a dog on the bus.’
‘But I’m not,’ says an honest, hopeful voice with no hint of malice or deception. I peer around out the open door from my seat behind the driver to see a short, round man in a toque and down jacket with a bright, cheerful, furry face smiling out from where he has been zipped cozily in with his owner.
‘That is a dog, sir. And you cannot bring a dog on the bus unless it is in an approved carrier. Sorry, sir. Those are the rules.’
The driver speaks calmly and kindly and the two transit hopefuls offer no rebuke.
The three of them have my respect for being so sincere and cordial their exchange, in what, in many cases could have become an ugly confrontation. They also made me smile, and just a tad sad (I do hope they managed to find a safe way home and did not spend too long in the cold and dark).
Clear, honest, thoughtful communication.
It appears to be lacking.
Brain cells appear to be lacking.
Some people have given up but not stopped snarling.
Adrift in a fog as a castaway.
When the beauty and strength, respect and love disappear.
Adapt or perish.
Lines are drawn and erased.
Learn the nuance. Embrace it. Celebrate.
Take care of yourself, take care of your world.
Sometimes they are so vivid! Choices become clearer and concepts are given life. The soundtrack can be pretty awesome too! #allthemoviesinmyhead
Fuel has been added to the fire today and it’s burning hot, despite the fact my toes are thawing for the umpteenth time.
I’ve eaten plenty of chocolate, travelled the city, found something new to cherish and something new to hope for.
And I am euphoric. My phone is dead, my blanket is warm and my heart is unburdened.
Tomorrow is all mine.
Let me be.
No plan. No man, no phone. No home.
No sleep. Crushing fog, searing colour.
Stasis and evolution at the present time.
Demands of strength and pragmatics.
On the inside screaming to be let out.
Laughing to the sky where everyone sees but no one knows.
Build me up and let me come undone.
Holding the filaments of the day in my mind and palms.
I am overcome.
Here is an article by Crippled Scholar which I really enjoyed… read more.
Language is important, history is important, and disabled is a part of my identity that I value and advocate for. No one is invincible. Nobody is perfect. We are all human and we shouldn’t be avoiding the conversation. It’s not a choice between euphemisms and insults, it’s about clear, honest, thoughtful communication.
And just FYI, ‘special’ makes my stomach and eyeballs roll.
The imagery that springs to my mind with this quote, again from Bones, is wonderful:
It’s like describing the moon to a mole.
Understand the facts.
Draw your own conclusions.
Be kind. Explore. Forgive.
Sometimes your reality is not shared, and that’s ok.
Sometimes this one is not infinite or absolute.
It’s not good or bad, it just is.
We are not alone
I’ve finished reading my book, and found my feet again. And my hair is driving me nuts! 😛 Anyways… I awoke on Saturday having no idea what time it was and later discovered I had by conservative estimate slept 14 hours straight. I felt amazing. Saturday was amazing. I felt so alive and so loved. Also, Twink got a haircut and while Mom is probably still laughing, I think he looks very dapper 🙂
Sunday, I bought a tiger onesie (Rawwr!) for the supposed Halloween celebration at work where everyone who has one will be wearing one!
Today was just about average. Except I’m really happy I still have some energy and time to blog and drink tea and just generally revel in everything I’ve accomplished until now, today, and so far this year, which everyone keeps reminding me is almost over.
I’m glad to have JHTK on board and helping me stay on top of all things BB-related with humour and vision. The future looks bright!
We make our lives out of chaos and hope. And love. –Angela Montenegro, Bones