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Saralee Perel is a regular contributor to our community. All of her pieces have a touch a magic to them. Here's her latest:
After my spinal cord injury, I nearly gave up kayaking even though I could still use my arms. My husband, Bob, and I used to go so frequently that we planned our work schedules around the tides. We bought wet suits so we could go all year long. (Though I have to add that in my wet suit, I look like the Michelin Tire Man with breasts.)
Even though I tried several years ago, I've been afraid to try again. But recently I forced myself. We took our two-person kayak to a beach near our home on Cape Cod.
On the shore, with the kayak in the water, Bob held it steady while I tried to get in. I have no balance and my legs don't work well. I was using my cane, but each time I put one foot in the boat, I started to fall. Finally I said, "I can't do this."
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