What a beautiful Mothers Day with Mom Fener and the Soggy Bottom Boys. Nick and Mom took off for a surprise full body massage (she was so excited!), and I stayed home and made a Moms Day feast of seared ahi salad and ginger-glazed mahi mahi. It was so nice to finally treat Mom to a home cooked meal and no dish-duty!
Nick has been practicing his walking for everyone. He showed Jamon at the gym, he showed Erez and Melody after breakfast this morning, and practiced again for Mom and Seth after dinner tonight.
It’s so damn cool to see Nick up on his feet again. There are no words to describe the feeling. This was such an excrutiating unknown for so long, and now we finally know. Of course, we had hopes and goals of him walking again, but never knew for sure if his glutes, hamstrings, and lower back could support him.
We never spent much time talking about the unknowns. Sure, the fears of never walking without some form of assistance would show their ugly faces at times, but never for long. I can’t say that I believed with all certainty he would walk without a crutch. I just didn’t know.
We are now experiencing the lightness of relief. A comfort in knowing his hard work is paying off, his body is repairing itself, and his life is being pieced back together. A few critical unknowns have been exposed, leaving only a few remaining stragglers. Fortunately, the personal unknowns that linger are aspects of Nicks life that he has already made peace with. He hadn’t yet made peace with the unknown of ever walking again. Thankfully he will never have to.