The Politics of Walking Pt4| An Unexpected Phonecall

See that face? It's the face of a little girl I love with all my heart. See that scar? It's not a facial disfigurement, its a badge of her triumph, courage, and beautiful soul.

See that face? It’s the face of a little girl I love with all my heart. See that scar? It’s not a facial disfigurement, its a badge of her triumph, courage, and beautiful soul.

My mobile phone rang this morning, and I saw from the display that it was Carys’s school. I answered with some trepidation; there must be something wrong.

“Don’t worry, nothing’s wrong,” said the voice of Carys’s teacher immediately. “I’m ringing with wonderful news! Carys walked about 50 steps today, all by herself, all the way down the classroom and along the hall…”

Well, I think you know me well enough by now to guess what happened next. Overwhelming emotion of any kind usually finds its release in tears, but this time they were tears of joy. They made the conversation a little one sided, I must admit, but Carys’s teacher didn’t mind; she was just as excited and emotional as me.

I phoned Conor. He was driving, but happily, he managed to avoid crashing the car. I felt like my heart was going to burst. From the sounds I was hearing, so did he.

In just under 6 months of corrective insoles in her shoes instead of AFO’s, a walkolong instead of a walker, and her new physio exercises for core strength and balance, she has gone from not walking, to walking 50 steps all by herself, of her own accord.

And if that’s not a miracle, I don’t know what is.

51 Comments on “The Politics of Walking Pt4| An Unexpected Phonecall

  1. I can only imagine the feeling of triumph you felt in hear the teacher’s words. These are the sort of miracles we long for. I’m so happy for you. 😊

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  2. I’m late to the party again, Ali. But this is inspiring. I could have gone out tonight, but decided to stay in and catch up on a few things. This has made my day – I will sleep with a smile on my face.

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    • Thats nice to know, Graeme, thank you. I think the next year is going to be a good one for Carys… there is a lot of ‘stuff’ in place to help her, and I can tell she’s ready for it. Hope you got yourself all caught up. I have fallen well behind, as you can tell by the lateness of this response… sorry about that!

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  3. Wonderful and beautiful news Ali ~ you show there is nothing quite like a mother’s tears of happiness, except of course for the love that lies at the core between you and Carys.

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    • Thank you Γ‰ilis! She’s absolutely refused to walk this weekend without a hand to hold onto, but that’s ok… everyone needs a rest at the weekend, right?

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  4. So pleased for you all – what wonderful news! I must say I teared up a little myself, especially seeing the lovely photo of your smiling girl. It must feel so wonderful to her, to be able to walk by herself – and all that distance too. xx

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    • Thanks Helen! I guess she must like it, or she wouldnt do it. Its very hard work for her, though, takes a lot of effort. I am very happy, and a proud mum!

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  5. That explains the rain then! I can’t begin to imagine how you must feel. I know these successes are never linear, not even parabolic, which makes the bursts like sun peeping between clouds. I’m delighted for you all and what a lovely smile Carys has shared. Remember to let air traffic control know if you start floating.

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    • Haha! Its ok, this life keeps me fairly grounded! And I would be horrified if I thought I was the cause of more rain, we get enough of the stuff as it is! Thanks Geoff!

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