Walking Ms. Susie, Shirley Jones & me
Posted November 16, 2009on:
If you ever wonder about the good in people, get breast cancer. Wait, don’t do that. Please don’t do that.
Instead look around you at the absolute goodness of others. My friend, Maureen, created and organized a list of folks who bring us meals after my surgery and during chemotherapy. Other friends cleaned my house before my brother came (hint: it’s dirty again).
Now, I have a sense that I’m being walked.
After Tuesday, when I had my walking debacle, which required rescuing by high school sons of my friend, Mary Ellen, there’s been a great interest in making sure that I do not walk alone.
Hence: Walking Ms. Susie.
Walking Ms. Susie (my apologies to Driving Miss Daisy) is designed to keep me from doing something stupid again. Several people had suggested I not go by myself before this debacle and offered to accompany me. But I had this determination to fight on.
I have been amply chewed out and have learned my lesson, by the way.
Mary Ellen, herself, called to say that she was off today and could walk with me. Other friends and my husband have also walked me, turning me back to make sure I don’t go too far and fast.
The bonus, of course, is I have company and a keeper. Dick called anyone going with me my “walk monitor.”
OK, I need and appreciate my monitors. And my walk doesn’t take long, maybe half an hour if anyone is interested.
In the meantime, this Walking Ms. Susie concept reminded me of this song from the 1950s musical, Carousel. A cousin sang “You’ll never walk alone” to actress Shirley Jones (who played Julie Jones) who was going through a tough time.
It doesn’t fit completely, but here are the lyrics, which are lot more dramatic in the musical/movie than in my life. Think a soprano singing in 1950s musical style:
When you walk through a storm
Keep your chin up high
And don’t be afraid of the dark.
At he end of the storm
Is a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark.
Walk on through the wind,
Walk on through the rain,
Tho’ your dreams be tossed and blown.
Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone,
You’ll never walk alone.
P.S. Can we negotiate this “never walk alone” thing to maybe not until I’m done with chemotherapy? I need to get out in the winter and that probably will require going to the mall. Only if i don’t get going really early, I’m not sure I’ll have anyone to walk with there. Is that OK? And I want to walk before there are crowds.