5 08 2013


Kooky music lady is back. BRING IT.

Wait, she has a bottle of lotion. I’m afraid.

8:30 pm

Fresh Air Break. I wish I had a camera so I could show you this view. I think on a regular day I might not find it that impressive, but in my current circumstances, it’s staggeringly beautiful. Before I leave—once I get my phone back—I want to take pictures of this place. The building, the courtyard, the cafeteria. I want to show you as much as I can of my journey in more than just words.

My therapist gave me an assignment today. That’s right, I have therapy homework. At the end of the day I’m supposed to write down three things I’m thankful for and three things I did fabulously. (In the absence of the ability to identify fabulousness—which happens to all of us—she’s willing to accept things I did well, or even okay, if it’s been that kind of day.)

It’s an interesting assignment, given what we did in Recreational Therapy today. One of the games we played was called the “Gratitude Game.” We stood in a circle and took turns saying what we were thankful for. If you couldn’t come up with something in three seconds you were out, and nothing could be repeated. Some of the things we came up with:

  • family
  • friends
  • the internet
  • rainbows
  • texting
  • email
  • underwear
  • music
  • mascara
  • full-body massages
  • pedicures
  • Thai food
  • pharmaceuticals
  • therapy
  • high heels
  • moisturizer
  • bras

That’s just a fraction of the things that were mentioned. It’s interesting the minutiae you can find gratitude for if you’re really pushed (and really competitive).

In case you’re wondering, I didn’t win the Gratitude Game. I did, however, totally own the Recreational Therapist at Riki Tiki Bear.


*False alarm. It was just massage lotion for our hands, and we did some Tai Chi moves. EVERYTHING IS OKAY.

**I’ll give you my gratitude list tomorrow. It’s time to turn off the computers for now.



2 responses

6 08 2013
Toni Ellsworth

I know the views you are talking about. From the concrete, walls, and fencing above the block walls. I’m sure that they have all been upgraded, but they never really change. You don’t realize how much you take for granted until it is taken away and then when you are given it back, it really hits you, to the mountains, valley below, trees. You will learn to recognize triggers. You learn to let things go and to focus on the joys. Keep up the good work. Proud of you.
Have a great night .

5 08 2013

Looking forward to your list. And I hope we get to see those photos. 🙂 Thank you again for sharing your experience with us. Lots of love!

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