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The Dawn of a New Morning
Posted By Al Martinez On July 2, 2014 @ 12:53 pm In Notebook | No Comments
I took the first step of my new life  today. It was only kind of a baby shuffle, but, by God, to me it was the dawn of a new morning. It had freedom written all over it.
That first step was accomplished just a few mornings ago as sunlight streamed in through the glass wall that brings the outdoors indoors, adding a golden glow to our amber-tinted tile floor. I was leaning on my walker , but that view of the world out there tempted me. Like a visitor to Lourdes, I wanted to be whole again.
So I pushed the walker aside and stepped forward unaided, and took that step. Any physical therapist will tell you it was a crazy thing to do; I should have built up to that moment. I could have fallen and, to put it in the vernacular, broken my ass. Everyone gave me hell. Even the dog growled.
But once having tasted freedom, I would insist on walking again  and again, but with caution and retraining involved. Yesterday I went food shopping with my wife. The other night we went out to dinner. My therapist, who comes to the house, asked me to at least carry a cane. I thought about how, well, cute Charlie Chaplin looked with a cane, twirling it into the sunset, and said, “Sure, why not?”
I have a dozen canes collected from all over the world. I chose the London cane with a sword in it. Touche!
It has been about four months since I was hospitalized for pneumonia, congestive heart failure, internal bleeding and diabetes, plus the COPD  I already had. But I’m upright, I’m walking and I’m loving it.
Well, no, I don’t look anything like Chaplin. For instance, I can’t get the duck walk right. But I’m working on it. Join me on the road, walkers. There’s a new sun arising and it shines on us.
Photo: Adam Weatherall
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