March 5, 2011

Last August, as Matt was finishing up his last stint as a Hotshot firefighter, a boulder gave way and landed on top of him. After a harrowing rescue, a long surgery to repair his broken femur, and a short hospital stay, he was flown home to New Hampshire to heal.

It was not the great coming together he and Annelies had hoped for after eight months of a long distance relationship. A single mom working full time in social services, she had hoped for a grand reunion. Pain, medication, caretaking, logistics, crutches—a hard start to a new life. Add to that a full course load of classes for Matt and another surgery just a few weeks ago. But they worked through it.

In April, Matt will be donning women’s footwear to participate Walk a Mile in Her Shoes —a fundraiser for Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention.

At the risk of gushing, I have to say, this is just more proof that he’s just the kind of partner any parent dreams of for a child, and so is she. I think they’re going to change the world.

A nice thing… finding that you have the strength to walk for another after a boulder nearly crushes your dreams.


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4 Responses to “Discomfort”

  1. On one note: What an awesome family you have. Truly.

    On another note: How I adore the way you can weave so much punch into so little space. These nice things are bullets of emotion.

  2. I am always so happy when I see a new nice thing – they really do have a way of immediately changing my perspective on the day.

  3. Laura Deurmyer said

    That IS a nice thing. These pieces are always such a breath of fresh air. I really look forward to them!

  4. kenhoney said

    Three lovely commenters have said what I wanted to say.

    Late but Appreciative

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