Right Foot…Left Foot

smile-heart-md There’s a woman I know who has left her body to Science.  It was decided years ago when her young son died from a congenital heart disorder.  Bobby Darin disease she calls it.  She wished she had donated his then, but hers will have to do.

Jane, I’ll call her, now in her 70s, Irish and strong despite having open heart surgery less than three years ago, is truly a force of nature.

I ran into Jane this morning walking Julius, her black lab, stopping to chat in the predawn light.

“How are you…how’s your hearing?” she said, in that booming voice one would know anywhere.

Not used to such a direct remark pertaining to my health, I started to cry.

“It’s not too good,” I said. “I’m back on meds and feel very discouraged.”

She put her arms around me and said, “You are a very brave girl.  Look at you.  You’re up. You’re out.  You seize the day even with this plight.  I admire you so much, and so does Julius,” who was licking my bare knees tenderly.

“Susannah, we just have to keep going.  Look at me, they split me open like a tuna and I’m still here to greet the sun.”

When God decides to send in the militia he doesn’t fuck around does he?

When I left her and Julius, my shoulders were straighter and my knees shined.


About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks.
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34 Responses to Right Foot…Left Foot

  1. micklively says:

    There’s nothing like a good licking to help you face the day. I know: I get double sloppy helpings every morning. Waggy tails lift my spirits too. Where would I be without the adoration of collies?


  2. skinnyuz2b says:

    “Jane” and Julius sound like a force to be reckoned with. I’m glad they were able to put the starch back into you. My sweetie had a double by-pass last July and it hasn’t slowed him down a bit.


  3. You were meant to run into her that day. It’s hard to be upbeat all the time when things are doing what they should inside your body.


  4. Lynn says:

    “Look at me, they split me open like a tuna and I’m still here to greet the sun.” Such wise words, advice we can all take when the shit of life get tossed our way!


  5. Lynn says:

    Well that’s about the best compliment I have rec’d today! Thanks:)


  6. She sounds like someone who refuses to stay down. Someone like that can’t help but impress you.


  7. Elle Knowles says:

    I’ll think of this post when I’m down because I haven’t run across anyone in my life quite like that yet! She right on target. Things can always be worse when you think of it. Elle


  8. You know who knows us best? The universe. It knows exactly when we need our knees licked!!!


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