there she is again, outside our building, close to the water fountain, and basking in the sun at lunchtime. sometimes, i approach her and have lunch with her and talk to her not as a co-worker but as a friend. but this time, with her eyes closed, i want to leave her alone with her thoughts.
she’s been through a lot. an auto accident just after high school graduation had left her paralyzed from the waist down. “what now?” she must have thought from the hospital bed. “do i still have a future?.”
fortunately, she realized she could still breathe. she looked deep inside and believed. she inhaled and then exhaled.
her condition didn’t stop her from going to college and then pursuing a career as a programmer. otherwise, she would have missed knowing me. ha ha ha.
she’s bright and articulate. she has this wicked sense of humor that charms more than offends. but if there’s a subject that’s off limits, it’s religion. since the accident, she had become an atheist. she stopped believing in god.
when i look at her, i see someone who had been suckered punch in life but managed to rise up from the challenge. like the rest of us, she’s not perfect. still, she could be an inspiration to someone who has lost faith in the possibilities that life can offer.
dear j., this song reminds me of you.
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