Thank God For Friends

There is an unmistakeable pungent odour of rain. Soon enough, it has begun to rain. The din that the raindrops made as it hit the awnings drowned out almost other sounds. Flashes of lightning streaked across the night sky occasionally accompanied by rumblings of thunder in the distance. The air is cool. This is a good weather to sleep in. I am tired but I am feeling contented.

A&W Root Beer Float

It was different yesterday. I was bleeding from somewhere. I was ill. I was depressed. Dirty dishes were piling up in the kitchen sink. The simple thought of cooking meals drained the energy out of me. Jocelyn and Dee tried to console me. I was reluctant to let Wuan in on my health. I did not want her to worry anymore. Fortunately, one of my neighbours helped prepare the ingredients for my ABC soup. I had two good meals yesterday. In the end, I told Wuan about the bleeding because we have promised not to hide anything from each other.

A&W Curly Fries

Today was even better. I spent five good hours with ReallyBites and Bryan at Gurney Plaza. We had lunch at A&W. I love their root beer float. These two youngsters are half my age but we get along very well. There are only two probabilities on why that is so – I am young at heart or they are matured beyond their age. Nevertheless, we had fun. I had fun. The troubles of yesterday melted away just like that.

A&W Fish Sandwich

We watched Ice Age 2: The Meltdown together. While the Cineplex was accessible, we got tickets for the first row of the upper section and I could not get up to the seat. Bryan tried to manoeuvre my wheelchair without success. A good Samaritan from the audience helped Bryan carry me onto the seat and helped me off the seat after the movie. To the person who helped us in the cineplex, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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Ice Age 2 is more than a feel good animated movie. Apart from the entertainment and laughs, I found similarities in what I am going through lately. Friends stick with you through thick and thin. While I do not expect my friends to risk their lives for me, their being there when I needed some diversion from my tedious daily routines was more than I could have asked for. Thank God for friends like ReallyBites, Bryan, Jocelyn and Dee.

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Whether they realise it or not, each of them has made my days more fulfilling. And then there are the unknown Samaritans like the gentleman in the Cineplex who time and again have come to my rescue when I got myself into sticky situations. The little parts that they play all add up to make my life whole. Living can be difficult at times but they have made it tolerable. It is because of them, I am able to continue on this journey called Life. Thank you.

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.

7 thoughts on “Thank God For Friends”

  1. Hey .. Peter,
    I hope you are feeling much better now. I’m thinking of you always.
    Friends are very important.. and yes.. there are some good ppl out there.. donch lose hope.

    You are one of those. Thank you.

  2. If you move to KL, we can meet more often.

    If you move to KL, I can hug you more often. (with the permission of Wuan of course)

    If you move to KL, we can go movies with JoMel more often.

    Most importantly, if you move to KL you wouldn’t be in the situation you are in right now and you’ll be WITH Wuan.

    So many ifs….

  3. this is not really related to this blog..but i just thought that i’ll let you know. i had this really weird dream last night, and one of the parts that i remembered was this: peter tan coming to my college to give a talk on the privileges of disabled people. i don’t have any idea why you appeared, but then you did. but anyway…lot’s of unexpected people are turning up in my dreams anyway. been stressed out lately.

    Disabled people want equality, not privileges. I have been stressed out lately and I have been having very memorable dreams too. If only I know how you look, I will know if you are in my dreams or not.

  4. Hi Peter,

    Glad to hear you’re on a better day today. Oooh… I love A&W’s float too. 🙂 I think it’s a little of both (they’re mature and you’re young at heart). The good samaritan act kinda reminds me about Danny Wallace’s “Join Me” group with his Karmarmy doing at least one good deed randomly every Friday. Hey, could your good samaritan be a Join Me member? Hmm… I wonder.

    I wonder too. Maybe we can go out for a root beer float when I am in the city. Can’t get enough of it but can’t have too much of it either. 😀

  5. oops…seems like i’ve got many more facts and knowledge to catch up on. sorry if my dream offended you. actually i couldn’t really see your face in my dream, just that i know you are peter tan, you get what i mean? and there was also a woman whom my dream identified as wuan, just that i couldn’t see her face. lucky you. not even separated in someone else’s dream.

    I am not the least bit offended. On the other hand, I would like to share many misconceptions about disabled persons but I just do not have the time to that yet now. I have had such dreams before where there are not visible facial features but I know who they are. As for your dream, you must have been thinking of us too much lar. 😛

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