A Shadow and A Reflection

As my husband recovers from his fifth surgery in the past year, I am struggling to keep up with life’s obligations: the shadow. He’s doing as well as can be expected, but I am not used to doing all the driving, shopping, cooking and caring. As tired as I am, I can’t help but reflect on how the tables have turned, and wonder how gracious of a patient I have or have not been these past years, while he has cared for me.

Just when you think you’ve understood one of life’s challenges, there is always another one on its heels. Shadows and reflections.

(For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: reflections and shadows)

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Permission to write, paint, and imagine are the gifts I gave myself when chronic illness hit - a fair exchange: being for doing. Relevance is an attitude. Humour essential.

38 thoughts on “A Shadow and A Reflection

  1. The challenges of life and how we respond rather than react often define us, through the various life stages. I do hope things are looking better for your husband and wish him a speedy recovery. It makes us appreciate all the little things a spouse might do and a solemn reminder when I am annoyed that he has inadvertantly created more work for me, when a small job has been left undone. Had I to do everything myself, as you have spoken of, I would be utterly exhausted. Take it easy.

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  2. It must feel like it never ends. When life becomes such a balancing act it is even more exhausting. And it can be incredibly lonely to be that shadow. Five surgeries…oh my that’s a challenge for anyone. Your images are so telling (especially the bridge). Hold on to your own health as best you can under all of this. Positive thoughts coming your way.

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  3. Keeping you and Ric in my thoughts and prayers as you both deal with this “new normal” VJ. Caring for others when you’re ill yourself has its own unique set of challenges, but I’m sure you’re taking it all in stride. You’re an exceptionally strong woman, and I know you’ll come through this just as you have everything life has thrown at you so far. Sending hugs!

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  4. Those photos go well with what you shared! What amazing grace that you are able to step up and give back the same love and care Rick has given to you! Sending healing prayers to you both! πŸ™‚ ❀

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