Roller Coaster

Orlando, our “City Beautiful,” can’t seem to get a break from heart-wrenching headlines. First, popstar Christina Grimmie was gunned down by a nutjob at the Plaza. Then another evil bastard murders 49 people at Pulse. And now a two year old child is dragged into Seven Seas Lagoon at Disney by an alligator and is still missing. The emotional pain in our town is at a peak, and it feels as if it may never stop.

Many of us have been there on a personal level, as well. One tragedy hits, you and your family are at your most vulnerable, and then, bam, you get stomped on again and again.

Every roller coaster, no matter how many gut-turning twists and dives it puts you through, eventually stops. Just hang on tightly, scream your lungs out, and then remember to breath and smile at the end.

That’s the cheesiest load of “Chicken Soup” tripe I’ve ever written. Sorry. I want to write something inspirational in the wake of all this death, but it all sounds trite and false. I don’t know if the roller coaster ever stops. Some days I swear the track just ended midway through a plummet and I’m diving headfirst into concrete.

IMG_1200But roller coasters can be thrilling, too. For example, Shade gripped my hand this morning with his left hand. All digits were firing. He engaged all his fingers and his thumb. It wasn’t a strong grip and it took all Shade’s mental effort to make the hand work, but he did it. He’s still got years of therapy ahead of him before he’ll be able to get back to where he was a few weeks ago before the second stroke, but we now know that the connections are there and full recovery is a possibility. Maybe this is the slow down at the end of the rollercoaster. Maybe it’s that little pause at the top of the highest hill before it goes careening willy-nilly into the madness again. Without a map of the track, we’re racing toward blind curves. Guess we can choose to be terrified by that unknown future or we can appreciate the possibilities of that unknown. We’re choosing not to live in fear, despite the terrors that may lurk ahead. Let the next curve come.

 

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Darren Crampton
    Jun 15, 2016 @ 12:46:35

    That is fantastic! I’m glad he is improving. Hearing about those little improvements always gives me a rush of emotions and a lot of hope. Keep up the good work Shade.

    Reply

  2. David Gaus
    Jun 15, 2016 @ 21:08:26

    Wish you guys the best. Keeping everyone in our prayers.

    Reply

  3. Michelle Pike
    Jun 16, 2016 @ 11:40:04

    Love this one ❤

    Reply

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