A Trek to Remember

I had a great experience the other day: My family and I walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, from Brooklyn to Manhattan. It was pure serendipity: We had been visiting some historical sites in Brooklyn and got a collective wild hair to follow the signs to the bridge. Once we got going, we couldn’t stop! It was a glorious, sunny summer day, and the views of New York City from that bridge – a National Historic Landmark – were amazing.

As I do on so many occasions, I paused several times as I traversed the bridge to acknowledge my gratitude that I am able to do things like walk across big bridges, despite my having multiple sclerosis. I am not one to take much for granted, and I especially don’t take for granted the ongoing use of my arms and legs.

I was impressed by the number of people crossing the bridge using wheelchairs or other mobility-assistance devices. Of course, I had no idea what medical conditions led to those people’s using those devices, but odds are at least a few of them had MS.

It was thrilling to see so many fellow humans out there doing something terrific and memorable with their day. And it was great to see how those hordes of people, of all sizes, shapes, colors, nationalities, and levels of physical ability, were sharing the bridge and the beautiful afternoon.

I hope many of you will have the opportunity to take that terrific trek across the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. One note of caution for those who do: Be careful not to stray into the bike lane! The cyclists are very serious about maintaining their own lane, and, man, do they go fast!
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Jennifer LaRue Huget, Blogger

Jennifer LaRue Huget was diagnosed with MS in 2001. A freelance writer and children's book author, she lives in Connecticut with her husband, two teenage kids, and two brown dogs. Her website is www.jenniferlaruehuget.com.