My Next Failed Attempt
The day arrived to go on the outing, mid-January, snowy and bitingly cold as the icy wind came howling from the north. Four of us rode in the back of the long van and our wheelchairs were strapped in to hold them from rolling about.
Once at the mall I was the last to be unhooked and I found myself wishing to get a ride across the, sure to be freezing bridge, and down the entry to the freeway but I dare not ask them. No, I rolled my way into the mall entrance and there they were, the two recreational therapists and the three residents of the nursing home (brain injured section) sitting at one of the tables of the food court sipping through straws. They paid me no mind and so neither did I act out of the ordinary, but my feeble mind was working overtime plotting and scheming.
Soon they all got up and the therapists asked if I’d like to join them for their shopping, but I told the truth and said, “I don’t have any money. I’ll just sip on my Jamocha Shake and people-watch; you guys go and have a good time. It’s enough for me to be out of the home for a while among regular people. They left and were making their way down the extra wide corridor; soon they will turn the corner and poof…they are gone from eyesight. I’ll just wait a few minutes, ahh, I better go to the bathroom before heading out.
While standing at the urinal somebody came in and stood one away from me…it was ark. Now what will I do?
“Hey Steve. I thought you slipped out on us.”
I wouldn’t do that – it’s too cold out! But hey, is it okay to go out and have a smoke? (I used to be a smoker).
“I thought it was too cold out, Steve.”
“Well I’m just going out have a smoke”
“Can I go with you cause I could go for one.”
While out there smoking the others came out, ready to go. Damn! My plan didn’t work, but you know that was probably a good thing. It was just too cold and besides trying to roll the wheelchair across the bridge through the howling wind and drifting snow would’ve been impossible for me. Unable to stand without holding onto something eh…what was I thinking?