Ahummingbird’s nest was swaying precariously on the tip of a slender cactus branch on our front porch. I looked at it and then went to say something ridiculously optimistic to my husband – Look, honey, a hummingbird is bringing new life our way. But, given the diagnosis he’d finally gotten from the doctor that morning, I myself wouldn’t have believed what I was saying. Deep inside I didn’t feel like anything new was heading my way at all. Deep inside I was afraid that my husband’s Parkinson’s disease, like the hummingbird’s nest, was too heavy for the branch.
Ialways get undressed with my back to the mirror in dressing rooms and this one is particularly small so turning around to face myself will take some tricky manoeuvring. The 8-inch clear Perspex stilettos and the small but potentially fatal pile of discarded clothing at my feet will not make it any easier either.
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