It’s the start of a new week once more and once again, on this Memoir Monday, I participate in:
The Redefining Disability Awareness Challenge.
Last week I answered Part A of this question:
If you have a medical diagnosis, do you see yourself as having a disability? Why or why not?
HEre, was my answer.
And Now, in Week Four, Part B: My mother speaks to the following:
Q: If you don’t have one, how do you view the concept of disability or the people in your life who have them?
A: Disability is such a broad term, it can be physical, developmental, very minor in it’s effects or all encompassing.
When you’ve had little experience with someone with disabilities, you often only see what someone is unable to do. The longer you know or more people you know with disabilities, you see them first as the person that they are and don’t even see their disability.
Everyone does their best to cope and deal with their own disability.
One of the hardest parts is when you are closely related, feeling helpless to fix or make it all better for the people you love.
Thank you to my mother and father for their sincere and heartfelt answers to the questions I have asked them to answer these last few weeks.
Next week, together, we answer the following question:
What have your experiences been with medical treatment and/or therapy been like? Do you have positive, negative, or mixed feelings about your experiences?
“The Bagginses had lived in the neighbourhood of the hill for time out of mind, and people considered them very respectable, not only because most of them were rich, but also because they never had any adventures or did anything unexpected. This is a story of how a Baggins had an adventure and found himself doing and saying things altogether unexpected.”
The above quote is from J.R.R. Tolkien, on this the eve of the first day of autumn and Hobbit Day.
This, in Middle-Earth, is when the celebrations take place: The Big Birthday.
This, around the world, is the start of the autumn season and Frodo, Bilbo, and Tolkien are celebrated by fans everywhere.
I love this particular season, feeling a shift and a change.
September 22nd is a big day for Frodo and Bilbo in those books and for me, I feel it too.
This week and day were first recognized and celebrated back in 1978 and since then parties have been thrown, food consumed for the occasion, and Middle-Earth literature and films have been screened. Both Tolkien and his son Christopher (just like Bilbo and his nephew Frodo) are celebrated all week long.
In past years my favourite holiday was always Christmas, but this year in particular I am looking forward to the theme of harvest, the apples and the pumpkins, and the bright colours of the leaves and the cool and crisp fall air.
It was the start of a new journey for both Bilbo and Frodo. Sure, the journey was just beginning and their were many cold, dark, and difficult days to come still.
I know winter naturally follows fall, but these autumn months are just the break from the crazy days of summer that I have been waiting for. Those two loveable creatures of my favourite stories in literature give me so much joy.
“Today is a day of special magnificence!”
Happy Hobbit Day to you all.