Jonathons First Steps
on October 11th, at around 11 in the morning. Jonathon is
my aide Robins first grandson. Now, Robin is younger
than me, but her first born, Jesse, had Jonathon when she
was just 21 years old. He started out by taking four steps,
and after faltering and falling, got back up and did seven
more. The way Robin tells the story, her and Jesse were out
of control laughing and crying and jumping up and down. Jonathon
was only 10 ½ months old when he did this, and kept
looking at his mom and grand mom in wonderment as to why they
were screaming, laughing and crying.
Ive spent some time around Jonathon when he was ramming
around in a walker, so I wasnt that surprised to hear
the fact that he actually walked. In fact, Jesse brought him
up here when she came to visit to show me what he could do.
I gotta tell you how adorable this kid is as he is walking.
Even when hes not walking he really personifies adorable
little babies. Let me rephrase that. Jonathon is not a little
baby. In fact, he also personifies chubby babies. Which actually
makes him even more cute.
telling my mom this story, and she of course felt compelled
to tell me about the first time I walked. I think I was just
under a year old. The way Mom tells the story, I got myself
up to a standing position, gave a rather brilliant smile,
looked both ways and took off throughout the house. There
was no falling, I clearly had places to go.
do. Ill have you know that just last Wednesday, I walked
80 feet at physical therapy. I mean, I try each and every
week, and my physical therapists are one hundred percent behind
my succeeding in this, but my MS, being as unpredictable as
it can be, doesnt always cooperate. Although I still
have the same determined look on my face that I had with my
have told me all my life that Im stubborn and determined.
This fact is true. That certainly is the reason I fight every
moment of every day to do as much as I can for myself. If
someone suggests that I "try harder," I always respond
the same. "There is no one that wants to do it more than
I." But to keep trying so hard every day I simply cannot
afford to lose hope. Im well aware of the reality of
the disease of MS, but Im also equally aware of the
power of positive thinking and actions.
thats why I identify so much with Jonathon. We may not
know where were going, but were determined to
Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career
in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from
Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be
accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"