It was an absolutely beautiful afternoon. The temperature outside was just right. The sun was shining. There was a light, warm wind blowing. The path through the park was just perfect. Pádraig really enjoyed this, though he was completely exhausted. This was as good as it gets.
His programme on this Monday could have been taken from that of a training camp: waking up a 6:30, getting ready for breakfast, standing bed (Stehbett), physio, speech therapy, lunch. The physio got me involved in the therapy on the Vojta physio table, doing exercises with Pádraig. I really enjoy this and I like the approach the physio is taking. It’s all about connecting, experiencing bodies, muscles, nerves, feeling the reactions. I had to stop after 20 minutes because I was exhausted. Even though I’m not the fittest, I could just imagine what such a session is like for Pádraig.
After a long and exciting day, and almost seven hours in his wheelchair, which, by itself is an achievement, he went to bed and started to have a good night’s rest.
I spent time today making appointments and arranging meetings for my visit to Dublin on Tuesday evening / Wednesday. The days are always packed and loads of things are happening. It’s all tiring but in a good way because it’s all about getting live back together: an sail eile, as someone said to me today.
There are times when things don’t look so bad, when it looks like as if another life is there waiting to be lived. To the full.
Today’s German Music Tip
Philipp Dittberner, Wolke 4 (Manouche Session). Never heard of Philipp Dittberger. Looks like this video was taken in the German version of Dublin’s Conradh. 1.5m clicks for a guy singing with a guitar and a bit of a piano. Not bad. In fact, really good!
Wind in your hair
Days that are getting too hot
The German word/phrase/verse of the day
Demokratie muss unsere Antwort auf den Terrorismus sein. (Angela Merkel)