Sunday, March 01, 2009

Revisiting the Scene



It seemed so odd to finally revisit the scene of my accident today. It had been almost 6 weeks. It was time to finally move on.

Until January 20, I had visited my friend Deborah’s house most every week to play music with her. That was the date of my inaugural spill as I missed the last stair. Since then she has brought her cumbersome bass to my house and we have continued to play together.

But it was time to come to terms with those stairs. Her husband was only too kind to meet me at my car because of the few flakes of snow that were falling. After taking off my coat, I stared at the smooth wooden floor where my hip bone had shattered. There was no sign of trauma, no pool of blood. It looked exactly as it always had looked.

I made my ceremonial trip upstairs to use the bathroom. I watched carefully on my way down. My friend Deborah stood at the bottom just to be sure. It will never happen again, that is a fact!

In some ways, it was like picking up where we left off on January 20. We played our beautiful Bottesini concerto and then sight read some other music. We marveled at what an improvement even a little individual practice can make.

I’m glad to restore yet another part of my life as it was before January 20.

10 Comments:

Blogger Kellyann Brown said...

This is the physical and musical equivalent to "getting back up on the horse"!

1:29 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Kelly -- You got it! I hope I can stay on this time...

2:04 PM  
Blogger tut-tut said...

Six weeks! doesn't seem that long, but look at your progress.

2:14 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Wow. Six weeks. You've done so much and come so far, even if you do find yourself back where it started.

5:22 PM  
Blogger Merle Sneed said...

You've met the demon and he is yours.

6:21 PM  
Blogger karen said...

can't believe it's already 6 weeks! ell done, you're doing so well! :)

3:31 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

I'm sure it feels like a triumph to conquer whatever bad energy may have lingered there for you!

11:19 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Tut-tut, Kristin, Karen -- Those 6 weeks seem like an eternity, believe me!

Merle -- I like the thought of vanquishing the demon!

Steve -- I equally like the thought of conquering bad energy. I hadn't thought about it that way, but it makes sense!

12:40 PM  
Blogger mouse (aka kimy) said...

no pool of blood or sign of trauma but perhaps, in the tradition of 'george washington slept her' a wee sign to commemorate the site of your fateful accident should be erected....

how lovely that you and deborah have continued to make music together and now you are sufficiently healed in terms of mind and body to return to her home to do so - i'm sure her bass is most grateful.

travel safe....and no more falls!

1:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hurray! A huge part of the healing process, in my opinion! Good for you!

F.

9:57 PM  

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