Pardon me for the longest title ever.
But it’s a true statement.
Just because you’re paralyzed, doesn’t mean you can’t surf.
I can’t help but smile when I look at these pictures of my husband.
Let’s talk about this for a second.
There are LOTS of reasons I never would have imagined I’d see him surf.
1. He’s a quadriplegic. He’s paralyzed from the chest down, only has limited use of his arms, and can barely hold himself up on his tummy when he’s on the land, let alone in waves that are crashing.
2. He’s from Arkansas.
3. He’s just not generally known for his coordination or any sort of sporting expertise.
So, when I heard about Life Rolls On’s “They Will Surf Again” adventure in Virginia Beach, I signed him up, of course.
I figured, why not?
It’s a great organization.
There are TONS of people, including experienced surfers who volunteer, so I knew he would be 100% safe the whole time.
AND it was an excuse to go back to my hometown, see my family, and spend a day on the REAL beach.
Where do I sign and fax the form, right?
Let’s rewind to Friday.
We road tripped it from DC down to the 757.
And see the guy in the back, in the hat?
He asked me if I wanted to catch a wave in.
Of course I did!
He said I deserved to surf, too.
So, they got the board back out to me.
And while no one was watching, I rode a wave in.
I haven’t done that in almost 20 years!
I only made it to my knees, not my feet, but it was amazing!!
I think when I just stood up and walked away from the board, everyone was like, “wait a minute…” Haha.
It was special, though. On so many levels.
I am SO THANKFUL for this day.
The entire experience was AMAZING.
My heart is just overflowing right now, thinking about Michael out there, roughing it in the surf, and not giving up until he got HIS wave, and riding it ALL the way in. I was/am/will always be SO PROUD of my husband.
I’m so thankful for Life Rolls On. For the Christopher Reeve Foundation.
For all of the volunteers.
For the people we met.
For our friends who came by to watch and hang out and meet us and spend time on the beach with us.
For my family. Oh my word, my family. You should have seen my sister, her mom, and her mother in law out there with their cameras. Michael had a serious pack of blonde paparazzi out there, haha!
For my brother coming by when he got a break from work, just in time to see Michael ride his wave in.
For my amazing husband, who never gives up, who will try anything, and who I love more every day.
Major shout out to my sister for her awesome pictures of Michael surfing!!
I can’t wait for next year!!
LIFE ROLLS ON.