Thursday, April 24, 2008


My wife, daughter and I will be taking a mini vacation starting today, traveling to Philadelphia to see Ansel Adams photos (Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite National Park above) and Frida Kahlo paintings at the Philadelphia Museum, run up the steps of the museum and hold up our hands like Rocky, and do other things tourists do in Philadelphia. So no martial arts class this weekend.

I went to two "core" classes in the past two days. One day I parked in front of a nearby Lucille Roberts gym. As I was getting out of the car, a young woman came out of the gym on crutches. I wondered, of course, if she was yet another ACL recoveree.

She was missing a lot more than her ACL, it turns out. She was missing her entire right leg.

I felt so impressed that she was going to the gym--she looked like she was in good shape--and seeing her helped me put into perspective an ACL operation a year ago and a bone bruise a few weeks back.


Eloria Serenity aka Paula said...

Hope the trip went well. Looking forward about hearing from it.

BobSpar said...

Thanks, it was a good trip, but we had to deal with some stressful stuff when we got back.

Eloria Serenity aka Paula said...

Ah man :( Well, hang in there.

Michele said...

My sister and I had a long conversation last week about perspective. I was venting my ACL frustration to her and she told me a similar story. I immediately stopped complaining. I try to be grateful but sometimes I need to be reminded.

Nonblond said...

Amen. It could have been so much worse than an ACL for all of us. It's good to keep that in mind on our "bad" days. Our bad days would be good days for other people.