My wife inspires me
Me: How are you feeling?
Her: Tired. But a little better.
The traditional definition of “awesome” is “inspiring great admiration and awe.” It’s something that fills you with awe and humbles you.
John Glenn – the first American to orbit the Earth and the fifth person in the history of the world to go to space – would probably say that his wife is awesome.
They’d known each other since they were children and during that time, she had an 85% stuttering disability – meaning that 85% of the times that she tried to speak, she couldn’t.
The person Glenn knew wasn’t the person the world knew and vice versa.
It wasn’t until she was 53 that she could speak normally. Which means that for 53 years, she struggled to do things that we take for granted. I can see why Glenn would consider his companion his hero; that she would keep trying when all seemed hopeless.
53 years is a long time.
So it is with me and Alison. I don’t think I will ever do anything that compares to what she’s been doing to beat this thing. Frankly, I don’t want to.
She’s stronger now than she’s been in seven months. She’s doing things that are awesome in the truest sense of the word: What she does fills me with awe.
Her: I want to stand again.
Me: I think you will. If you keep working as hard as you’ve been, you will.
Location: not in the hospital, thankfully
Music: could sit for hours finding new ways to be awed each minute
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