I rolled the stroller with my son across the street to finally meet this heroic woman, to ask her questions and take these priceless photos.
She stands in the middle of a busy intersection rain or shine and does the hula hoop as cars drive by. Sometimes she does multiple hula hoops at a time and when it rains she holds an umbrella while still moving the hula hoop on her hips. She always has her little portable radio with the oldies station on.
As a teenager, she told me she was in a terrible car accident on prom night. Doctors said she would never be able to walk. She was in a coma and had serious brain damage. Metal pins run all through her shoulders and arms. Pamela is not only a survivor, she is pure hope and inspiration.
I remember driving by her one rainy day with a full stressful schedule of things to do before picking up my son from preschool. As I passed her, a big smile came to my face.
Special people like Pam can be found in small towns all across America. A lot of us may be afraid or laugh at these folks because they are different and may be dancing to another tune. Instead of being afraid and laughing at them, why not meet them?
A few weeks ago on the late night local news I was sad to hear that someone had complained about Pam's radio being too loud. I really do believe that the traffic from the cars is much louder! Anyhow, she was tazed by police, arrested and handcuffed...
and sadly, I haven't seen her since.