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post #1 of 10 Old Feb 5th, 2006, 10:25 am Thread Starter
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Pillow talk. Saturday morning.

"I feel like an invalid, sometimes. My body used to be so strong. My knees won't carry me around anymore. My back is broken. My legs go numb. I'm at such a loss."

Feeling sorry for myself. Roxanne recognized the symptoms, without sympathy.

"You still have so much power. You don't even realize."

"Power?" I responded.

"Your power is not in your body." And then she told me this story. As some of you know, Roxanne is a Special Ed. teacher. It has probably helped her maintain this marriage for so long. Anyway, the story:

"I have a student, confined to a wheelchair. She can barely move. She can barely communicate. Sign language, mostly. Gutteral talk that only a few can actually understand. Yet every day, she talks, and what she says, people better listen to."

"Not a day goes by that she doesn't say, 'I love you.' But here's the thing. She doesn't say it to the people whose hearts she has already captured. She seldom says it to me. She knows already that I love her right back."

"She says it to the ones who are holding back. She says it, every day, every single day, to the ones who don't give it back. Who haven't yet learned the power of her message. And she'll continue, until she has captured their hearts with the wonderful thing she has to communicate."

"Your power is not in your body. Look elsewhere. Your friends already know."

That's what Roxanne told me.

This morning.

Pillow talk.

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post #2 of 10 Old Feb 5th, 2006, 2:12 pm
 
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Quite a woman, that Roxanne...........











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Excellent Theodore. Absolutely excellent.


As for Roxanne's student...we sure could learn a lot from "those" people. I know. I have one of "those" people living in my house. My son Nick was born with Spina Bifida. No sob story. We don't need anyone's pity. It's a pretty mild case...compared to most afflicted with this defect. Yet our lives are far from "normal", at times. Then again, "normal" is lame. Boring. Normal lacks passion. And those are the things we don't have to be concerned with.


Thanks Ted. I really look forward to the day when we can talk over a beverage. I admire your gifts. But more importantly, your willingness to share them.
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Many thanks, Joe. Confident we'll cross paths one of these days.

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"NORMAL is a setting on the dryer!",My sons favorite quote: "Everyone is NORMAL till you get to know them!"

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Normal???

Define normal i always say.

Is it finding your way thru the minefield each day to find fresh water, taking the kids to school that is only 30 kilometers walk away, looking thru a telescope searching for new planets, is it having cleints pay you a few hundred dollars an hour to have their way with you, is it hearing voices in your head that arent yours????

Funny how almost every area of the world has its own version of "normal" and everyone else in the rest of the world is considered wierd.
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Thanks, Ted, I needed that!


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Good one Ted....I'm not that far from you and would really like to meet you one day..
I always enjoy your stories and witicism..

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Thanks, guys. For someone who writes, it's greatest feeling to know that you made someone laugh, or reflect, or touched them.


One of my friends living clear across the country wrote to me the other day, in response to a story I'd posted to a list of friends (OOL -- OUUR OWN LIST - which I run off this machine.) Anyway, whatever this particular story was about, she started out, Great story, Ted. I could just see..." and went on to say whateverit was.

But wow. Those have got to be the nicest thing you can say to a writer..."I could just see..."

So when you like what I write, then you're the reason I write, and I'm grateful for the kind words.

And if you don't like something I write, hang around, we'll try again. They don't call me Tangent Ted for nothing.

Actually, only one person ever called me that, and I stole it for this essay.

Think I'll post another in a few minutes, something I wrote the other night when I was feeling nostalgic.

T.

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Wink I think I know what you mean . . .

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But wow. Those have got to be the nicest thing you can say to a writer..."I could just see..."
"I could just see" me punching you in the face!!!




Not exactly what you meant, huh?!

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