Saturday, January 14, 2012

What We Can't Imagine

Excerpts from Gabby:

She was sitting in speech therapy holding a photo of a wooden chair and staring intently at it. She was trying, almost desperately, to describe what she was looking at.

"Spoon," she said again.
Angie Glenn, her speech therapist, a young woman of good humor and great patience, corrected her, "No, Gabby, not a spoon," she said, "It's something you sit in. You sit in a . . ."
"Spoon," Gabby said.


The next photo in Angie's pile was of a lamp.

"Yes, yes, yes," Gabby recognized it, but couldn't produce the word.
Angie provided a hint, "You turn on the . ."
Gabby stared at the picture on the table in front of her.
"Cheeseburger," she said, finally.  She knew that wasn't it.

That's about when I entered the room, bearing tulips, which I presented to Gabby with a light kiss.  It was the eve of Valentine's Day.
I asked her, "What kind of flowers are these?"
"Chicken," she told me.

In case any of you thought 2011 was a tough year.

2 Comments:

Blogger The Navigator said...

When I saw the television special on Giffords, and they showed those horrific photographs of her, I became convinced that she is not planning to run for office.

I think the sharing of her struggle to speak even simple words makes it even more certain that she will not run.

On the earlier topic, Mitt Romney is an asshole. He is almost everything I cannot stand in a human being - the kind of monster that can happen when both arrogance and selfishness are born into exorbitant wealth and privilege.

1/14/2012 1:24 PM  
Anonymous Bill said...

Great article which speech therapy holding a photo of a wooden chair and staring intently at it. She was trying, almost desperately, to describe what she was looking at. Thanks for posting this inspirational article.

7/15/2012 2:58 AM  

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