It’ll be one year ago this upcoming Tuesday — May 5th — that Mother and I were injured in a car accident.  Since then, much has happened to the both of us — in my case, after my right arm healed, I underwent several months’ worth of physical therapy in order for it to regain much of its mobility (and I still continue to do my therapy exercises for my right arm — though not everyday), knowing that it might never regain the 100% capacity prior to the accident, yet blessed by the knowledge that I’m still alive.  I’ve also managed to resume doing many of the things I love — like writing, drawing, and exercising.
   This past winter, my mother underwent knee-replacement surgery and spent over two months in a nursing home right here in Winsted (she came home on Good Friday last month), leaving me to watch over my family’s home alone (though our housepets helped keep me company) — a somewhat impossible task for a good number of people.  And yet, for someone who’s faced his own personal demons over the years, I managed to succeed with flying colors, which came as a bit of a surprise to me (and to my older brothers).  But that’s life — in the situation like the one I was in this past winter, you do your best to handle it with what you have.
   Ever since coming home last month, my mother has done her best to readjust herself to a normal life following knee-replacement surgery — with the help of visiting nurses, home-help aides, and physical therapists.  In many respects, I don’t know what lies ahead for Mother — only the coming weeks and months will answer that question — but I know that she wants to resume her normal life, which includes doing what she enjoys, like driving her car, doing volunteer work, and going shopping.  Of course, my brothers and I are concerned about Mother for several reasons — just as the near future’ll determine which way Mother’s life goes.
My family’s going on with our lives, just like everybody else throughout the world (and that includes those affected by the Swine Flu that we’ve been hearing about in the news lately).  We may not always be cautious and wise, and we don’t always know what surprises and tragedies await us — but we do know that going on with our lives and making the best of them (including making the lives of others a lot better) is still the best way to overcome whatever comes our way, be it a tragedy or a financial meltdown.
It’s also the right thing to do.
John Lavernoich
Winsted, CT
May 1, 2009

About johnlav

I've written five published novels -- including the first two in the CHAMELEONS, INC. book series -- as well as various non-fiction articles and short stories that have been published in both print and on the Internet.
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