We have all experienced extreme joy as we ran out of school when classes let out for summer vacation. It has been a really long time since I had a feeling like that but I had it this past Wednesday.
I have not been able to do much or get out on my own since I broke my ankle four weeks ago. Last Tuesday was a day out for me having my husband take me to a doctor's appointment. Seeing the doctor and being reassured that the ankle is on the mend, that I am right where I should be in my recovery, and now being told to pace myself, I can almost see the end in sight. I was hoping to hear all of this positive feedback because the next day my husband and I were heading to one of my favorite places to visit, Chicago.
You are now probably wondering what triggered the rush of school's out feeling, I shall now fill you in. While packing on Wednesday for our getaway I realized that a trip to the store to pick up a few things was needed before we left for Chicago. This would require me to be the one to get to the store as Ameridad was at work. I was confident that I could do this as I am getting around well on the crutches and could get in and out of the van without having help.
This was the first independence I had in three weeks and let me tell you it was great! I found myself wanting to speed but made an effort to keep within the limit; I finally drove with cruise control on. While on the way to Kohl's a stop at Hardees drive-through was a must. I picked up a sausage, egg, and cheese biscuit along with a medium coke. This I enjoyed in the parking lot listening to the radio and watching the traffic whiz by.
Next stop was Kohl's. I parked in the handicapped spot, getting me as close to the door as I could; I do have the permit for that. Using crutches to get into the store I found a wheel chair waiting right by the door. What luck, I knew this was a good sign. Wheeling around the store with a clerk helping me, I was in and out in record time.
When I got home I was tired and the old foot was swollen but it was worth it. Being laid up has made me appreciate the simple things. Always--and I will pass this along to all of you--remember to take time to slow down and enjoy the little things once and awhile.