I started this blog, back in February of 2006, right after Robb broke his back. To be honest, a big motivation for writing was my need to set up a little bit of a barrier between myself and everyone who was calling to check up on Robb. Telling the same story over and over again was killing me, as were the 6am phone calls. The blog chronicled the process of adapting to life with a spinal cord injury and paraplegia. It kept an up-beat tone, because Robb and I were so hopeful. It documented the tiny day-to-day triumphs, because we quickly realized that every little victory needed to be savored. (First shower in two weeks? Wonderful. A hospital that allows visits from house cats? Awesome! Visits from friends and family? Oh yeah! Learning to walk again? Oh man, I get teary-eyed just thinking about it.) We also reveled in life's little weirdnesses. Robb and I can always find the humor in any situation, no matter how bleak.
When Robb came home from the hospital, the blog kept track of his slow (oh so slow) but steady improvements. I also allowed myself to discuss my fears, and I talked about all the stupid things I did because I was so distracted and stressed out.
Slowly, slowly, slowly we started trying to find ways to adapt our old life into our new circumstances. We went for the slowest and shortest "hikes" imaginable. And they were glorious!
I learned to slow down a bit, and Robb sped up considerably, especially after he started cycling. And in less-swift mode, we've found more time to look around, and to really appreciate our world. So, if you're sick of all the blog posts about birds and bikes, I don't know what to say. I've really come to value the simplest things in life, and it seems that the blog spends a lot of time on just those subjects.