My whole trip down memory lane had me clicking around my old blog, reading random entries. And I found one where my pal David asked me ten questions. One blew me away. Look:
6) If you had to choose between a life without legs and a life without children, which would it be?
I’m answering these out of order, and this one keeps catching my eye. It seems an impossible choice, and I can’t believe that I find myself leaning towards having legs.
In truth, I can’t imagine myself without legs OR without children. Except that I do know what it’s like to not have children, and I don’t know what it’s like to not have legs. I really believe disability isn’t a huge problem; this is primarily because of my first degree.
I’m not saying it isn’t limiting in some way, if you choose to see it as that, but in other ways it allows people to experience similar things in different ways.
I wonder what the limitations of this question are. For instance, can I foster children or teenagers? Or is that merely getting out on a technicality?
Essentially, I believe it’s possible to have a fulfilling life either way.
But…I guess I would choose having children over having legs. Except I WOULD totally get some bionic ones.
Children offer family, continuity, laughter, love. Legs offer a lot, but I would hope I would be adaptable and resilient enough to face life without them.
I hope, though, I will have both.
Shit. ‘Children offer family, continuity, laughter, love. Legs offer a lot, but I would hope I would be adaptable and resilient enough to face life without them.’ Have I? Have I exibited the grace and hope these words imply?
After all, while it sometimes feels I actually made the choice of having children over being able to walk normally, it wasn’t really a choice. I didn’t know it was a choice I was making before it happened. Who thinks they are going to end up with a permanent disability because they chose to get pregnant? It never entered my mind, which is why this past entry seems spooky and prophetic and….well, hopeful.
It reminds me that even if I HAD had the choice – mobility or my children – I’d choose my children. Every time.
Thank you for that, David from 2004. One again you have brightened my life. I love you.