A warm day in late November.
The amber and scarlet leaves,
Already raked under the carpet.
Other than those stuffed,
Between moss-covered rocks in the yard.
Snug in there,
Like mortar between bricks.
Only softer and smelling of decay.
It’s the smell of Autumn,
Passing some time after leaving the five ’n’ dime.
Cruising down the 509.
I was on my way to my friend’s place.
The one in high school we called Slime,
But we don’t hold it against him.
I heard a bump and a thump and a bump and…
She walked into the room with a clever eye.
“Dad,” she declared, “what kind of a bow can’t be tied?”
As my children age, I’ve come to embrace these moments.
Soak them in.
Simmer amongst them.
I want to experience them, neverending.
A joke, she’d probably been waiting…
I think it’s starting for you.
I stared at my neurologist and felt his words strike me like an assault. I’m sure I would have fallen over if I wasn’t seated. Did the room suddenly get smaller?
He continued after a pause. “Are you surprised to hear that?”
We’ve all been overwhelmed at different points in our lives. The stress from life’s numerous pressures weighing down on our heads. The sensation we’re being pulled in a million different directions. The anxiety produced from the fear that something will slip through the cracks.
Some of the earliest symptoms of Huntington’s disease are related to mobility and movement.
Last week I was carrying my son on my shoulders. He’s not quite 5-years-old yet, but he’s already over 50 lbs (23 kg), so he’s no lightweight.
As I was bending…
This week my Gene Positive Column post entitled “8 Ways Huntington’s Disease Changed My Life for the Better” was published on Huntington’s Disease News. Here’s the link if you’re interested in having a read:
Steven Beatty is a writer and registered nurse. He lives in Central Ontario, Canada with his wife and two fantastic kids. He’s on Facebook and Twitter@stevenbeatty. Steve is the author of the book In-Between Years: Life after a positive Huntington’s disease test, a columnist at Gene Positive on Huntington’s Disease News, and a blogger here on Medium.
The other day I was trying to herd my 7- and 5-year-old into the bathtub. If you have children of a similar vintage you’ll know that this is not always the easiest of tasks.
Neither one of them wanted to go first and I could see that the evening was…