Author Archives: Climbing Downhill

About Climbing Downhill

Wife and mother of grown kids, in my 50's and dealing with MS, making life's moments count and trying to offer something of value to others along the way. https://climbingdownhill.wordpress.com

Nickels

Tucked away at our house, in a safe place with other important items, are two rolls of nickels.  They are wrapped in the paper sleeves that people use to roll coins themselves. On those paper wrappings is handwritten “1958”. Upon … Continue reading

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The Table

A lot of the furniture we own once belonged to relatives. That was the case for our first kitchen table. It had belonged to my Great Uncle Everett. Uncle Everett moved to a nursing home when I was a young … Continue reading

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Identity

            Because of MS, what I used to be is not what I am now.  Because of MS, what I am now is not what I will be in the future.  But, what I am … Continue reading

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Driven

In the spring of 2011, I pulled out of the driveway and drove about a mile to our city’s tennis courts where my son was playing on the high school team. When I turned into a parking spot in front … Continue reading

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The Enemy Called Guilt

Helping or hurting?  While raising my kids, I asked them that question as a way of getting them to think about how their words and/or actions affected the people or the situation around them.  Repeating that question over time enhanced my own sensitivity to … Continue reading

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The Dangers of Decorating

  We bought a happy-looking spring wreath for our front door this year.               I thought it complemented the daffodils that greet us in the spring.               The … Continue reading

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Special Delivery

We have probably all experienced both good haircuts and bad haircuts. We have all likely felt the comfort of having a talented stylist we can depend on, and also the anxiety of searching for a new one when necessary. A … Continue reading

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The Enemy Called Fear

  Fear – friend or foe? We have a natural inborn fear that keeps us from dangerous activity.  It is given in different degrees, which explains daredevil behavior in some people, and other people being plagued with anxiety.  Those who … Continue reading

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Queen of Hearts

It was a long time ago, maybe 1983, when we met and became friends. We were both far from home,  so friendships were especially appreciated. She was a lot of fun to be with and easy to talk to.  As … Continue reading

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Back in the Saddle

  About six months ago, a mobility equipment company up the highway and my insurance company worked together to get me a new wheelchair.  It’s quite a machine. My last wheelchair’s seat tilted back, which is a great feature that … Continue reading

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