Optical Illusions

I recently watched my daughter standing with her peers at an event. At first glance, the scene was picture-perfect. However, like those optical illusions drawn in chalk on a sidewalk, which a good rain can wash away, I wondered if what I was seeing was real.

I’m incredibly proud of her—her dedication not only since the accident but also in the years leading up to it. She worked tirelessly to improve as a student, to get into a great college, and to excel in tennis. Her resilience in the face of defeat has always been unwavering. To an outsider viewing that snapshot of her with her friends and fellow tennis players, nothing would seem amiss. But was it truly Senior Day, or just a semblance of it?

Reflecting on my own life, I tried to recall any personal setbacks comparable to what she’s enduring. I’ve faced tough times, difficult job situations, the challenges of building businesses, and the everyday trials of parenting. But none of that seems quite like what she’s going through. How can I fully understand her experience? It’s not something easy to discuss or dwell on, yet I can’t help but feel in awe of her grit, as she works to rebuild her life and fulfill the hopeful image before us.

I often talk about how fortunate she is to be recovering, striving to return to her previous self. Yet, I wonder, how fair is that? What’s real, and what’s merely hopeful illusion? My optimism sometimes blurs the lines of her actual feelings and the reality of her situation. The questions of what’s genuinely achievable and how long it will take are never far from my thoughts.

Despite these uncertainties, there are some concrete positives.

Brooks is preparing to return to school in the fall and has some new plans in store, which he’ll announce when ready. He’s also set to start a job this summer as he wraps up a few online courses. He’s doing exceptionally well. Yeah!

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