Months To Years Spring 2018 Months To Years Spring 2018 - Page 41

La Forza del Destino By Karla Linn Merrifield     I can trace the path of your diminishment in handicapped appliances, surplussed   now in the garage for one of these days with a call to the VA donation pick-up van.   Collapsible, packable cane, a leg up for toddling through Norwegian ports.   Aluminum travel walker with rear “skis” still in its box, replacement for the one   I left in a village lot after our last diner dinner. Four-wheeled walker with seat/stuff pouch   Wheelchair with canvas pad o be cleaned of your oatmeal leavings when spoons   became more than you could handle. Floor-to-ceiling grip bar, bed rail, shower grabs,   and the new accessible ramp our handyman built for you, but your decline was steep, fast.   What you never used will assist me in bringing home the bacon, milk,   eggs, and o.j. for breakfasts at the coffee table watching Netflix for companionship.   All those contraptions superfluous when I took the doctor’s pen and signed   41