Dear Mr. Melissa Blake:
Hello, Darling (wow, that’s the first time I’ve called you that; do you like it?). I’m sure by now I’ve mentioned how much the A&E original movie, The Brooke Ellison Story, resonated with me. The movie chronicles a girl who is hit by a bus at the age of 12 and becomes paralyzed from the neck down. She went on to graduate from Harvard; the movie could have been a poppy-fields, Pollyana look at her journey. Thankfully, it wasn’t. It showed the real side of life with a disability in addition to all the triumps.
Take a look at this YouTube clip of the movie trailer. Brooke says what I think every single day at around the 56-second mark. It’s true: not a day goes by that I don’t either wake up with that thought or fall to sleep thinking about it. I’m not telling you this so you’ll feel sorry for me and hand me a Kleenex. I’m telling you this because it’s the truth. The real and honest truth. And I suppose, unless you walked in my shoes (no pun intended) for the past 27 years, you’d probably think it’s a pretty superficial thing to be so concerned about. Just remember some things that are so trivial and come easy to some people are not-so-trivial things for other people.
But apparently, you are that man who’ll love me. So…what’s your secret? Until we meet…