For My Mother

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Today is Jonas Salk’s 100th birthday.

His pioneering discovery of a vaccine to prevent polio is nothing short of a modern miracle of science.  Salk never patented the vaccine, and didn’t earn any money from it.

My mother was a dancer.  My mother contracted polio.

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She spent time in an iron lung like this.

Doesn’t it look like a torture device?

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She had to learn how to walk all over again.

One of the ways she rehabilitated was through swimming,

and it was She that taught me how to swim.5aa1921f877cea080b9a94ff04db4db6

(Mother was a movie star gorgeous blonde…

…I was her little pixie brunette with the awful haircut)

Besides a love of dance

(which I inherited from her)

I love to swim to this day.

In fact, it is my main form of exercise.

(I am still outgassing the lovely chlorine from today’s workout)

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My inner swimmer!

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One of my clearest childhood memories is receiving my polio vaccine.

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~North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies

Mother brought me to W. B. Holland, my elementary school,

and witnessed the vaccination.

I can only imagine what that was like for her…

To weave this into BodySoul Rhythms,

I can recall my first experience with Authentic Movement.

In it, I had no use of my legs, from the waist down.

I was literally and metaphorically unable to walk.

Looking back,

I see this experience as a lived memory of my mother.

Jung had something to say about the Ancestors,

and I surely believe she was present with me in that moment.

The title of the workshop I was attending where this occurred:

The Wounded Healer.

Thank you Ellen Searle LeBel!

(I have a mask from that experience, another first)

In these modern times, there is still much controversy remaining about vaccinating your children.

I view this as a first world problem.

Happy Birthday Dr. Salk!

Vox Anima, SDM

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Photo credits:  Pinterest

(you are welcome to visit me there too:  StillDancing…)