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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 7, Number 3, September 2013

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Ignatius Fay
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada


Motivation

A freak accident severs his spine at the neck. He comes home in a wheelchair, a quadriplegic. He is bitter, often angry, and frustrated . . . but determined.

trapped
in a body that doesn’t
respond
struggling to regain
some motor control

After a year, he can feed himself awkwardly with a spoon strapped to his fist. In another year, he can hold the spoon and drink by himself. The TV remote takes concentration and patience.

Tonight a movie is showing downtown that the family wants to see. Who will stay home with dad? He convinces them that they should all go. He will be fine for that short a time. Minutes after they leave, he maneuvers his electric wheelchair into the den where his hunting rifles are racked.

the first time
he can arrange to be home
alone
he ensures he’ll no longer
be a burden

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