On Her Way

The big toe on my left foot was pointing straight up in the air, perpendicular to its four brothers and nothing I did would make it relax. It was New Year’s Eve, and I was in a hotel room in one of my favorite eastern cities, waiting for the best choice I ever made to return from a trip to the lobby. In pain and a bit fearful, I hobbled over to the cell phone to call for help.

“Hey, honey. I’m in the middle of sending an email; give me five- ”

“I need you. My toe is stuck, and I don’t know what to- ”

“I’m on my way.”

I didn’t even have to finish the sentence, and she was on her way. It’s been that way since my screams for her from the living room during an empty stance calf cramp, while practicing for black sash testing. Or before that, when she sat in a darkened hospital room watching me sleep after the first meniscus operation. I had a problem coming out of general anesthesia, so I had to be kept overnight. She’s come running through every moment of drama, physical and mental without ever saying she’s had enough.

“I don’t know what happened,” I said, as the licensed massage therapist went to work on my leg and foot.

“You didn’t do any kung fu today; that’s what happened,” she answered with a smile.

New Year’s Eve, 2013, the 10th anniversary of my second marriage…spent in the caring and capable hands, as always, of the best choice I ever made.

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6 responses to “On Her Way

  • terraburrah

    Happy New Year 🙂

  • tracya

    that is my goal…to be 10 years into my second marriage. I think it is the best way to truly get over a disastrous first marriage because what you are saying is- I really am a good person worthy of a healthy, happy relationship…. just not with partner number 1.
    Unfortunately, I am still stuck trying to find my second {best} marriage.
    btw, sorry about the muscle cramps-I get them too and they are so painful! does massage work?

    • T. D. Davis

      Massage does work, sometimes just keeping fingers on the pressure points will do it.
      And as for finding someone, it’s often best not to be actively looking – let them find you. Happy New Year!

  • tracya

    I think I am in such pain and often half asleep when I get muscle cramps I can’t remember what to do.
    As for finding someone, I’m pretty ambivalent about marriage -It would be nice to be married even nicer to get to a hefty milestone but actually I’m pretty happy with my current unmarried state. If it ain’t broke….?
    Happy, Healthy 2014 to you too!

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