“I’ll be your feet if you’ll be my wings,” he offered, as he pushed her wheelchair through the premises of the spiritual center where they had met the day before.
Everything was new and foreign to him when he entered the music room to participate in a choir rehearsal. He still hadn’t noticed the woman, sitting in a wheelchair behind him, when the first song started. She sang the lead part in “I Believe I Can Fly” and her voice immediately shook him. Never before had he heard a voice like that! It seemed simultaneously majestically powerful and highly sensitive, liberating and disciplined. It made him want to cry and laugh at the same time. It was unbelievable! It was an angel’s voice! It was love at first sound!
She soon told him why she was in a wheelchair. When she was 25, she was a professional singer in a jazz band. She was young, talented and beautiful, but also unhappy and hopelessly addicted to alcohol. After a drinking night, she had a violent car accident while driving home. Her spine broke and she barely survived.
Many months later, she returned to singing, but something had changed. The closeness to death had opened up an interest for spirituality. She entered AA, read everything she could on the topic, and finally ended up at the spiritual center where they met. By then, the old yearning to get drunk was totally gone and she was radiating peace and happiness.
Her spiritual dedication was as attractive to him as was her voice.
Four years later, when they were slowly driving home from the last appointment with her oncologist, she turned to him and quietly whispered, “The years with you were the best part of my life.”
The doctor’s guess was three months, but less than three weeks later she quietly and imperceptibly left. He had lit a candle in the early evening and was going to sit down by her bedside, when he discovered that she was gone.
Finally, she had her wings and could fly, free from wheelchair, disability, and pain.