The Sun Magazine asked me to write a story about “Perseverance” for their 40th Anniversary Issue. I immediately thought of Fiona. Her eight to nine hours of therapy each week. Her tiny developmental gains that gradually add up to big milestones. Here’s “Teaching My Daughter to Walk,” an essay in realism and persistence and hope. Oh, that delicate, wiry bird of hope.
And here’s Fiona, requesting that she use her walker to take steps. You can’t hear it in the picture, but she’s making pleading Mmm, Mmm sounds to me, sitting up straight and tall, eager to get her hands on the bar, pull herself up, and see the world from standing.