My wife and I just spent eighteen days visiting her aging aunt and uncle in my wife’s home town in Puerto Rico. Both are in deteriorating health. Age 88 and 91.
When I met them a decade ago, the uncle seemed old to me, but functioning well for his age. Now I’m the age he was then. It never occurred to me then that if I was lucky, I’d be ten years older by now.
Back home from Puerto Rico and riding the Xootr Street scooter
So, I was three weeks away from my Xootr Street scooter, looking at less and less sand in my hourglass of remaining time, with a vivid reminder that the day will come soon enough when it’s bed-walker-bathroom-chair-TV, for me, too.
I picked a well paved ride today with a modest altitude gain, just to make sure some of it would be a downhill coast on the return. Ramona Bvd in El Monte, CA, up to the Spiral Garden at the foot of the Santa Fe Dam, in Irwindale.
The scooter seems to have been waiting for me. And how am I doing? I’m relieved to see that everything still works after three weeks away. The feet, the legs, the knees, hips, hands, eyes, and brain. Everything feels good too.
The pleasure of the ride is getting re-focussed on technique: timing twenty scoots on one leg, then the other, so the leg on the footboard doing the knee bends doesn’t tire out, requiring a rest. It’s not the Olympics, but it’s an important scooter ride!
A few others on the trail this morning
Just a few others on the trail for this morning’s ride on a day that promises to be hot later. A homeless guy pushing his electric scooter with a dead battery. A few bicyclists who nodded at me as they passed.
Below one of the small dams, a group of great egrets in the rectangular water bed on the lower side. And at the Spiral Garden, I note that it looks greener than the last time I saw it, and that there’s a sprinkler head, reflecting that someone’s thought about watering it once in a while.
If I’m lucky!
Another day’s ride. One day at a time. I’m grateful for this opportunity. My day will come soon enough when I too may have the bed-walker-bathroom-chair-TV routine. If I’m lucky!
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