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The Worry Stone

The Worry Stone C A T H E R I N E R Y A N H Y D E The first time I saw Vida I was still enmeshed in that no-man's-land, that numb, foggy shock that follows one around in the wake of a traumatic event. It's a blessing. It really is. You wake in the morning with no orientation. No memory of what was lost. Then it comes back on you like a sleeper wave. All you have to do is get up and wash your face. Then you call a friend and say you got up and washed your face, and your friend says, "Fabulous, Richard. You will survive." No mention is made of the finer details: the day's work, the unbalanced checkbook, the stacks of bills and messages. No one would dare suggest what they later will tirelessly insist: that life goes on from here. For the moment, simply putting one foot in front of the other is a source of pride. It's a blessing. It is. I wouldn't mind having it back. For a full six days, I didn't drive the forty miles to see Vida in the hospital. First I had to have that http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Manoa University of Hawai'I Press

The Worry Stone

Manoa , Volume 13 (2) – Oct 1, 2001

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C A T H E R I N E R Y A N H Y D E The first time I saw Vida I was still enmeshed in that no-man's-land, that numb, foggy shock that follows one around in the wake of a traumatic event. It's a blessing. It really is. You wake in the morning with no orientation. No memory of what was lost. Then it comes back on you like a sleeper wave. All you have to do is get up and wash your face. Then you call a friend and say you got up and washed your face, and your friend says, "Fabulous, Richard. You will survive." No mention is made of the finer details: the day's work, the unbalanced checkbook, the stacks of bills and messages. No one would dare suggest what they later will tirelessly insist: that life goes on from here. For the moment, simply putting one foot in front of the other is a source of pride. It's a blessing. It is. I wouldn't mind having it back. For a full six days, I didn't drive the forty miles to see Vida in the hospital. First I had to have that

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ManoaUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Oct 1, 2001

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