Hello and welcome back to my blog! It’s Week #44 of the MFRWauthor 52-Week Blog Challenge. The topic this week is “a person who inspires you”. That’s going to be tough to work with because a lot of people inspire me.
Let’s see…my daughter, author August Kyle, inspired me this summer when she ended up with a pelvic stress fracture and was strictly confined to a wheelchair/crutches for 10 weeks. She was still upbeat and cheerful (although very frustrated!) and worked around her injury to the point of sliding on her behind up and down the stairs to her third floor apartment (no elevator) when she had to go out (and then making jokes about it). Can I just say that she has an awesome hubby, too (high five, Geoff!). She turned outings into adventures (it didn’t keep her from going to Disney World!) and I admire her tenacity.
My Grandma Clara inspired me, too. This is the lady I mentioned in my post, Mistletoe and Jingle Bells, – the real Aunt Clara from the movie, A Christmas Story. My grandma was widowed at the age of 35 and left to raise 3 children, ages 13 (my mom), 11, and 2. This was in the 1930s when women didn’t work. She had never held a job, but ended up working two (and sometimes three) jobs simultaneously, so she could keep the family together. At that time, a woman on her own couldn’t even rent an apartment by herself, so her brother-in-law posed as her husband and rented a place for her and her kids. I can’t imagine facing the obstacles she had to fight against (no insurance, no welfare, no money, no help from the government like people get today).
Who else inspires me?
- My mom, when she didn’t let her terminal brain tumor stop her from making Christmas cookies and going Christmas shopping so we’d have a fun last holiday together
- My patient, a young man who was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) – the disease everyone was doing the Bucket Challenge for, a few years ago). He slowly lost muscle function (I could barely understand his speech the final time I saw him), yet he joked and was cheerful whenever he came for his dental visits.
- My cousin, who passed away from a rare form of cancer at age 21, yet carried herself with dignity, remaining upbeat and fighting her disease until the last.
There are plenty of others that I haven’t mentioned, but they remain in my heart as inspirations.
Looking at my list makes me see that the defining qualities in these people is “spirit” – the will to keep trying, the grace to accept a burden (no matter how heavy), and the ability to make lemonade out of lemons. I’m privileged to have known such strong people!
Who do you find inspiring? Let me know in the comments, then visit the other authors on the hop by clicking here …