Friday, March 04, 2011

Kirk Douglas: Best part of Oscar night

I couldn't help but note Kirk Douglas' appearance at the Oscars this week. The stroke survivor struggled with moving and speaking, but had the nerve to stand and deliver.

There was a time that I had very, very similar speech problems. Thanks to quick action by the health professionals, followed by speech therapy, my ability to speak clearly returned. Not everyone has the same outcome.

I found these good words about Douglas' Oscar triumph in the Houston Chronicle:

Yeah, Kirk Douglas mumbled some lines at the Oscars Sunday night. It took him awhile. He wasn't always easy to understand. He sounded like a stroke survivor, someone who's had to relearn all the tongue-twisting ins and outs of spoken language that the rest of us take for granted. And he looked, well, 94.

To that, I say: Bless him! Thank God he's alive and well and spirited enough to work the crowd and flirt with Melissa Leo. May I live that long, retain that level of spunk and weather the storms of age and infirmity with as much abiding grace.
Amen to that.

1 comment:

Laura Porter said...

Stroke survivors are some of the bravest people I know, and that includes you.