The analogy made perfect sense to me. My dear friend, who has courageously struggled with several disabilities throughout her life, passed on a story about a young woman who was trying to describe what it’s like to have limited energy.
“Imagine you are given twelve spoons at the beginning of the day,” the story goes. Each spoon represents energy expenditure . . . physical, mental, and emotional. For most people, twelve spoons are more than enough to sail through the day, and they can always go to their silverware drawer and get more, if needed. However, in the case of someone with a chronic illness or disability, seemingly small activities can cause a spoon to disappear before a “normal” person has even touched one. Continue reading