Six months, two surgeries and four hospital stays later, I return. On November 3, 2019 I dropped a post titled Yes Virginia, There is a Wonderland. It talked about finding wonder wherever you are, and whatever your circumstances.
Maybe it was destiny that this post would challenge me through my own difficult time. Unable to do things I was accustomed to doing, I sometimes found myself in a bit of despair. I thought about a post I had previously written, and I asked myself if I still believed it. My answer varied from day to day.
The lines I had written read, “Life is full of hardships, frustration and disappointments, but it is also full of adventure, surprise, and gifts of God and nature.” I found myself searching for Wonderland within my new circumstances.
I found Wonderland in the faces of friends who lifted me up with words of encouragement, bits and pieces of advice and shared humor.
I found Wonderland in my partner who seemed tireless, helping me with simple chores that I could not complete on my own.
I found Wonderland in the medical staff that guided me back to health, in the effort to complete my physical therapy, and in the small successes.
I found gratitude for things previously taken for granted, in the daily scriptures I read, in music, and in my art.
I even found Wonderland in the tiny hummingbirds that frequented our feeders.
I am back again, able to write, hold my camera, and share the wonder of the world around us. I hope you will welcome us back, and perhaps share with us how you find your Wonderland.