Tuesday, August 08, 2006

I Can Only Imagine


Have you been complaining about life recently?

This is a link to a video that made me cry a little, and then stop what I was doing and give thanks to God, followed by some other kinds of prayer for the people in the video.

You see, I have cerebral palsy, and with just a bit more pressure during my birth, these pictures could have been me.

It is one thing for me to imagine life without limits, but how must it be for these precious people?

11 comments:

Amy said...

The link is messed up.

Click here to go to the video.

HeyJules said...

You can't pay me enough money to watch that video a second time. I couldn't stop boo hooing for hours afterwards.

I had NO idea you had CP, Singing Owl. What a gift you are! You have limitations? We never would have guessed...

SingingOwl said...

Thanks, Amy.

Okay, I fixed it.

RevAbi posted it first.

HeyJules, you might not notice at first. After a while you would, or I'd wear a short skirt and you'd wonder what the leg brace was for.

My limitations are slight indeed when compared with the people on the video. Sometimes people ask me if I am limping, or if I hurt my foot or something like that. I have balance problems, but not all that bad. And eye problems, but a couple of surgeries have made it so I have normal-looking glasses instead of the coke-bottle variety I used to wear.

I mentioned it because, for me, this was another reminder of just how difficult my life could--very easily--have been.

Man, the guy at the computer--his face and expressions--was so moving.

Perhaps I should start thinking about writing about some of my early experiences. I tend to ignore them, but perhaps I should explore them instead.

Gallycat said...

Hey SingingOwl--My father has athetoid cerebral palsy, mostly affecting his hands. Had c-sections been de rigeur when he was born, he'd likely have been fine. but he's faced discrimination all his life. I'll have to take a look at that video when I get home.

SingingOwl said...

I have not heard of athetoid CP. What is that?

Gallycat said...

The wiggly kind, versus spastic (the My Left Foot kind) and ataxic (the wobbly kind).

P.S. (an after-thought) said...

What is sometimes forgotten is that any of us could acquire a disability in an instant.

Amy said...

I posted more about the father and son in the video on my blog.

There's a link to their Web site. Pretty amazing men.

SingingOwl said...

Oh, thanks for that link! I did not realize that the face in front of the monitor is the face of the disabled man in the race. Wow! What a wonderful, wonderful story!

much2ponder said...

That was a presentation I got to see at a teacher conference a few months ago…it is very moving. I am so touched by the desire of the boy to do what his heart wants to do and the desire of his dad to make it possible. It is hard to imagine life with such limitations. I feel truly blessed.

Psalmist said...

(((Singing Owl))) <--One of my favorite heroes, now for yet another reason. Did you ever know what a treasure you are, my sister??