Duchess and I shopped today. I am so blessed to have Taylor's friends tolerate me, call to talk, come over to watch movies and agree to go shopping with me! We had our toes painted, ate some lunch, and enjoyed an afternoon.
Duchess, an amazing but stubborn sprite, knows no fear that she outwardly gives away. She is still five or six days away from being cleared to bear weight on her leg, but that hardly stops her. As we approached the escalator, I saw my hands rise to help or catch her. They were not needed as she maneuvered her walker onto the escalator after stepping up with great confidence. The walker came with us to appease me, I am pretty sure. She pushes it gingerly in front of her hardly relying on it to support her weight. She, all five foot-two of her, shies away from nothing. Her mama calls her small but mighty and rightly so.
My heart needs a few rods and pins, I guess. It's not near as strong as Josie's legs nor healing with the same amount of fierceness. Her will defies not only her surgeons but any limitations pain or time might try to enlist. I hope the joy and light my girl gave me act like the rods and pins in Josie's legs and hip. I want to laugh again with the same confidence Josie used to climb the escalator. I want my heart to have the same endurance. I want Taylor's life to be the gift I gingerly bring with me.
Thank you, Duchess, for being my one, very stubborn, very strong, good thing today. You are amazing. #golighttheworld