And she cried.
First she cried because she was afraid.
Just one inch.
Then she cried because I said I wasn't going to start counting to five until her foot was actually off the floor.
Just one inch. For five seconds.
And then she cried because she did it.
She raised her foot one inch off the floor. For five seconds.
This doesn't sound like much to most of us, but for her this was huge. It's been five years since her accident that left her with serious physical issues. Five years of learning to live with pain, being told no you can't do that, and being afraid to even try.
And for tonight, for just five seconds, she proved she could and she did.
And I had to work really hard not to cry.
What saves a man is to take a step. And then another step.
-- Antoine de Saint-Exupery