The Sunshine State?

After an abundance of rain on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday we finally saw some sun today here in Florida. Hopefully, that will continue tomorrow, at least for most of the day. We made it to the beach, however, we didn’t swim. We just looked out at the water. It was a magnificent sight.

Looking at such a large expanse of water is always relaxing. To hear the waves hitting the shore is so serene. The water was much calmer today. There were a multitude of sun- worshippers lined up and down the beach that we visited. I think I almost prefer just to look out at the water than to actually get in and swim. This is due to lack of access for those with disabilities, and my dislike of getting sand in places where it doesn’t belong.

I wear leg braces when I walk. Likewise, I use a pair of forearm crutches. By the time I get down to the beach I am usually worn out, as there are usually either a steep set of stairs I have to climb down, or there is a steep embankment I must navigate in order to make my way to the water.

Walking in sand with crutches isn’t easy. The tips often sink down into the sand. Then once I make it to the shore I have to take my leg braces off, which makes me feel self conscious, as my legs are scarred and misshapen. I feel like the eyes of everyone are usually upon me. Just looking out at the water is easier, as I don’t have to expose myself as much to others.

We will see if I am brave enough tomorrow to venture down to the water and show my ugly, scar-riddled legs to the world. If not, I will be happy just to see the water from a distance. It will still bring me peace.

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  1. Hi Ryan! I hope the sunshine lasts so you can enjoy the beach some more! I know exactly what you mean about finding the sight and sounds (and smell!) of the ocean being a calming, relaxing experience. I’m certainly not a sun worshipper (hate the heat!), but on a moderate day I enjoy a good book and a cold drink on the beach. However, I find that not much reading gets done, as the water is a visual magnet, drawing my eyes away from anything else. My physical challenges are nowhere near as great as yours, but I have arthritic joints which make walking a painful challenge even under the more simple circumstances, and the beach is a mighty opponent! We made a number of trips to Fla. over the last couple of years when one of our daughters and a grandaughter were living there, and Marvin researched ways to make it easier for me to maneuver. He found a wheelchair with inflated tires that are designed to go on the beach! He insisted on renting one for me, and it did a good job but because of my weight, I hated for someone to have to push me on the sand. That probably wouldn’t be an issue for you, so you might look into it online. We found them at a couple of medical supply places…at a variety of prices. Maybe for your NEXT trip! Have fun, use your sunscreen, and be safe, Kid.

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    On Wed, Jun 23, 2021 at 11:44 PM Put the Crippled Kid up Front… wrote:

    > rtb77 posted: ” After an abundance of rain on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday > we finally saw some sun today here in Florida. Hopefully, that will > continue tomorrow, at least for most of the day. We made it to the beach, > however, we didn’t swim. We just looked out at the wat” >

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