Life in a Sunbeam
in my happiest place right now. That being a warm sunbeam
through my living room window. I’m dictating this
to Herman so he’s typing while I’m sunning.
There have been studies that show the efficacy of light
therapy, and I’m here to tell you it’s true.
should also know, that while I’m warm and cozy in
this sunbeam, outside it’s one of the coldest days
of the year. I’m writing this to you in January, about
a month early as usual.
some other news. As of yesterday, my wheelchair is now equipped
with a chin control. So I can move the chair myself. I’m
not that good a driver yet, though I haven’t smashed
into anything. It’s really weird driving this chair
with my chin. The things they come up with nowadays are
of the advantages of this system is that as the sun moves
across the sky, I can chase the right angle and stay in
the beam without disturbing Herman. (You should know, sometimes
Herman gets up with a Harrumph and a look when I want to
be adjusted for the sun’s movement.) As a matter of
fact, I just asked Herman to move me as I don’t have
the chin control in place since it would get in the way
of my sun. There’s always something.
should also know that I did have a little mishap as I was
trying to get into the sun booth yesterday. I was going
into the main entrance of the house where the sun booth
is when my chin control caught on the doorjamb as my power
wheelchair spun sideways on a piece of ice. The chin control
arm lay limp to one side, useless after less than a day’s
use from installation.
Herman came to the rescue. Even with one screw missing from
the joint where the control arm rotates, he managed to tighten
the other two screws with an Allen wrench (Herman’s
term, not mine) and get the arm in place for use again.
still need a visit from the tech person from Monroe Wheelchair
(hello, Bob), but I at least am able to practice my manipulation
of the control in the meantime.
I’m still in the sun as I’m finishing this column
and still looking forward to sunnier and warmer days in
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"