In my niece H’s vast collection (actually, it might have been passed on to my nephew by now) of stuffed animals there is an orange clown fish known as “The Nemo Fish from Uncle G” (Uncle G is my cousin) or simply as “Nemo Fish.” Although Nemo is certainly a wonderful character with his mismatched fins and his desire to see the world, it’s actually Dory (the blue fish that helps Nemo’s Dad in his search for his son) that’s my favorite.
Our introduction to Finding Nemo came several years ago when Mom and I were watching it on TV. Dad wandered in and sat down with us. Now if we had known that the Mommy fish vanishes and the son disappears during the first few minutes we would never have let Dad watch with us. But ignorance is bliss, and we were gradually drawn into the tale although after Nemo gets lost Tanpo stopped to ask, “What kind of story is this?” I think he might have also felt compelled to call my brother at that point, but I can’t remember for sure. Anyway, that’s how our family functions.
Dory’s charge to “Just keep swimming” is funny in her operatic delivery and the comic relief diffuses the tense reality that Nemo’s dad is facing a family crisis. I’m big into comic relief as demonstrated by my early (and later) days in rehabilitation. As I prepared to be discharged by RIO (3rd hospital) so I could fly home to Maryland, my OT was giving me my exit evaluation. While she was testing my ability to track visually I suddenly started laughing uncontrollably. Here’s our conversation:
OT2: What’s so funny?
Me: Umm…I have a job. I need to go do it now – I don’t have time to sit here and pass a big red ball to you.
OT2: This is your job now.
So she proceeded to give me my vision exercises, and I managed to settle down after a couple more gentle reminders from her. It turns out that she was right. I am now officially unemployed, so recovering is my job now whether I like it or not. So if I have to practice bouncing my $2 rainbow tie-dye ball that Ezra likes to commandeer when he visits, I will. I will also endeavor to just keep swimming and do stuff that I never thought I’d do, like write this blog. I hope it makes you laugh!
p.s. In celebration of the official “launch” of Learning How, I’m opening the comments section. There’s a speech bubble to the right of the post’s title that you can click on.