My son's graduation from the university came and went. The cactus sat there, unchanged, and still silent. Its scrapes and injuries from its time in the trash can did not heal. They remained in silent witness to the abuse it had sustained. After his graduation from the university, he tried in vain to find a job. It took our daughter more than two years to find a job following her university graduation, the year before our son's. Our son networked and tried and tried, but about the only thing that went his way is that the Federal Student Loan people placed his large loan in forbearance until he finds a job.
Last September, our son, who is also a sculptor was working in one of our buildings which is arranged as a artists studio and as a woodworkers shop. He was there to unplug heavy equipment there in anticipated of a big storm that was rolling in. Unfortunately, the storm hit before he could get back to the house. The steel roofed building was struck by lightning and apparently so was my son. He was fortunate that the glancing strike did not cause a cardiac arrest or arrhythmia. It did take his hearing for a period of about a week. It also placed what looked like a sunburn on both of his arms. Within a couple of weeks when the peripheral nerves in his legs began to come back on line, he was in episodically severe pain. He is being treated by several physicians for this chronic pain issue, and of course, this interferes with his job search.
This of course, is the reason we called a Lighting Protection contractor this year and had lightning rods, arrestors, and copper grounding wires placed deep in trenches around buildings. Interestingly, we have since met two other men in our general area who were struck by lightning. One was on a telephone and has eye and ear damage. Another was outside and also had chronic pain issues for a bit more than a year. The man is fine now. Our family is quite concerned about this and hopes that my son finds a better management strategy to the pain from this lightning strike, now more than a year ago. A TENS unit actually worsened the pain. I am trying really hard to have faith that he will recover, and soon.
Wouldn't you know it ? The poor large cactus that he rescued and that was silent for so long has sprouted two large and tall arms which are heading up to the light. You would not know that this was the same bedraggled and scratched cactus pulled out of a trash can so long ago. It stands as a reminder that we should think hard before discarding anything that could be given away or used in some other way. In also reminds us of the innate resiliency and potential of anything that God has made. Prayers for our son are always appreciated !