I was blessed with an early introduction to music. My dad and I loved jazz, and my mom had musicals on the
phonograph all the time. I soon knew the words and music to more then a dozen of the classics.
At age 16 I was hit by a drunk driver. My sister, age 14, was killed and I went into a coma for 2 months with
severe brain damage resulting in the paralysis of my left side. As a hemiplegic I was told I would never walk or talk.
This didn't stop my singing and, even without a mouth, I belted out The Impossible Dream for my own ears as I
drug my crippled body to and from school each day.
In 1969 as part of my personal rehabilitation I had the chance to go by myself on a world tour. For $2,400, I
traveled for a year to 26 different countries. To walk, I stepped first with my right foot, then swung my left leg and
brace forward with a clomp. I step-clomped hundreds of miles, and learned to speak picking up bits of languages
in different countries.
Music has been an integral part of my life helping to cheer me up, and now at an older age, I was able to sing
with the Eugene Peace Choir for 13 years.
I am now beginning to use my love of words to write some of the adventures in my life.
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Index of Groundwaters contributions:
Groundwaters 2017: An Anthology: "The Young Conductor" (Non-fiction/Memories) - page 10; "The Fall"
(Non-fiction/Memories) - page 88; and "Comma" (Poetry/The Written Word) - page 123