100 Reasons To Not Kill Yourself: #29.

I burn through a lot of precious time I’ll never get back bitching about my lot in life but every once in awhile the Universe reminds me of just how blessed I am to be The Hook, for only The Hook would have a guest encounter like this…

He was a strapping man-mountain with powerful hands and a booming voice to match, which he used to hand me his family’s luggage one early morning while exclaiming, “I bet you’ve seen everything in this job… Until now.”

My response was the same as it always is when guests attempt to shock me, which they do quite often.

“I’ve never been foolish enough to assume I’ve seen everything the Universe has to show me – especially in this job.”

Undaunted, he continued to hand me suitcase after cooler bag after backpack until he came to a giant, shiny plastic bag. A smile as wide as the FBI’s black file on Donald Trump enveloped his face as he said:

“I guarantee you’ve seen something like this before. Here’s my bag of legs.”

It was a that point that I turned my gaze to his left leg – which was factory-issued rather than God-given.

“I have an Olympic-level running leg in here, one for swimming and even one with special pivoted joints for golfing!”

You’re no doubt feeling a slight twinge of surprise right now, just as I did.

For a nanosecond, at least.

“Wow. You’re like a real-life G.I. Joe action figure with interchangeable accessories, sir.”

Our banter paused as he considered my words carefully. And then he saw the, let’s go with “wisdom”, in them.

“You’re absolutely right, boss. I am a real-life G.I. Joe!”

And this, at last brings us to our point for today.

#29: Unexpected Encounters With Beacons Of Light.

I have no idea just how this guest lost his left leg; the circumstance will forever be a mystery to me. But I know this: He hasn’t let it slow him down. He has a family, the love of a good woman (I’m assuming his wife isn’t a raging succubus) and a dynamite outlook on life, one that was actually infectious. But a good infectious, not infectious in a way that requires a shot of penicillin.

And by the way, his legs really were pretty cool. We’re talking Tony Starkesque quality.

And so I was grateful that our paths crossed and not simply because it allowed me to contribute another entry to my stalled campaign. I’m grateful because this guest made me smile (as Ronnie did so often) and gave me a reason to reflect on everything that’s happened in the last two years. I’ve been through several soul-draining trials that have left me devastated and too weak to go on at times.

But I’m still here.

And so are you, I hope.

So let’s travel on together, shall we?

See you in the lobby and down the road, friends…

About The Hook

Husband. Father. Bellman. Author of The Bellman Chronicles. Reader of comic books and observer and chronicler of the human condition. And to my wife's eternal dismay, a mere mortal and non-vampire. I'm often told I look like your uncle, cousin, etc. If I wore a hat, I'd hang it on a hat rack in my home in Niagara Falls, Canada. You can call me The Hook, everyone else does.
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42 Responses to 100 Reasons To Not Kill Yourself: #29.

  1. Combat Babe says:

    But how do we know he is not a raging incubus? 😉

  2. Tara says:

    Words of wisdom, still pouring forth from the Fountain of Hook. Grateful you’re still here to share them with us 🙂

  3. I know a few amputees, and generally they have a really black sense of humour. I’ll tell you one day about my radiotherapy pal and her change of hairstyle

  4. Excellent, Hook. Meeting the unusual as we go through life is one of the best parts of staying with it. Your story has a number of lessons. 1. Good to meet terrific people. 2. We think we have it bad until we meet someone who has a greater challenge. 3. It takes courage to meet each day and turn it into a triumph. Well done and I’m so glad you are still telling ’em.

  5. I love his survivor attitude – and your quick action figure “with interchangeable accessories” response. Both of you have seen and lived more than most.
    Smiles all around no doubt. (He’ll probably use that line, too – and grin with the memory)
    “When the student is ready the teacher arrives”?

  6. nbratscott by j says:

    Thank You, Hook!!!
    I needed that!

  7. Doug in Oakland says:

    Yup, I’m still here, thank you very much.
    Kinda reminds me of when I got home from the stroke rehab place and was trying to figure out how to deal with the world with less mobility than before. I happened upon a video of a kid with one leg playing on his school’s (American) football team.
    He sort of hopped along on his one leg and played his position like it was no big deal.
    I thought wow, if he can do that, I can do this, and I still think about him sometimes when things get difficult.

  8. Dan Antion says:

    Great story, Sir Hook. Interesting people and life lessons are more than enough reasons to look forward.

  9. Indeed! Let’s travel on. Great post, Hook. Thank you.

  10. Jennie says:

    What an awesome guy! Isn’t it wonderful when you cross the path of someone who can light up the world and make you realize how lucky you really are? Many thanks, Hook!

  11. carlystarr says:

    Small interactions with lovely strangers can really leave a lasting impression I think.
    I love that he told you, “here’s a bag of my legs!”

  12. Excellent story that brought a smile to my face 🙂 It’s been a while… Glad you’re still around, Hook!

  13. Dave Ply says:

    I suspect there were a fair number of lemons in this guy’s story; sounds like he’s mastered the art of making gourmet lemonade. A worthy example, and addition to your “reasons.”

  14. shimoniac says:

    That guest would surely win at an ass-kicking contest; I mean with numerous after-market upgrades in a bag, surely he has one devoted to kicking ass. 😉

  15. StillWaters says:

    Beauty blog, Hook. Everything’s relative, isn’t it? Keep on truckin’.

  16. Fall Fraust says:

    Ah, may we all have a moment or two where we are reminded of our blessings. Despite the tragedies I’ve known, I’ve always loved life, and SO appreciated a nudge from anyone that reminded me of that. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Sent here by Archon’s Den, and hooked already!

  18. curvyroads says:

    Well, I haven’t been here, in quite a long time, but I’m glad I got back in time to read this post before its notification disappeared in my email black hole! This was truly a magical encounter and I’m glad you shared it!

    On another note…the hubs and I are just finishing season 8 of Murdoch. I alternately thank you (cause it’s SO good) and curse you (not really, but we are watching it on Hulu with commercials), and wish I knew Murdoch like I do now, back when you were regularly posting about it. How’s that for an epic run on sentence? 😍

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