Monday, January 12, 2015

The Wheel

A couple weeks ago we were driving, and I saw something odd out of the corner of my eye. It was something in a yard, way behind a blue windmill.

I asked Phil to turn around, and we saw it was a Ferris Wheel! The house had a circular driveway, so we drove in.





There was an elderly man standing at the front door waving at us, so we drove over. I told him how much we loved the Ferris Wheel, and asked if it was for his grandchildren. No, it was not. The man was holding up a partially paralyzed arm because he was a stroke victim. He told us he had made this himself  to keep busy after his stroke. Though it did not actually work, he had put lights on it for after dark. He said when he had worked, he made all kinds of things. It was hard for him to talk and I could not understand where he had worked. But I was amazed that he had made this with only one working hand. And he had put it in the yard for all to enjoy.


“As I watched the four creatures, I saw something that looked like a wheel on the ground beside each of the four-faced creatures. This is what the wheels looked like: They were identical wheels, sparkling like diamonds in the sun. It looked like they were wheels within wheels, like a gyroscope.”

Ezekiel 1

24 comments:

Joanne said...

You live in the most wonderous place ever!!!! how awesome is this man!!!
Blessings, Joanne

Linda said...

Fantastic, Ginny, I love this.

Rose said...

That is amazing that he made that after having a stroke...I bet if he had made it before it would work.

Small Kucing said...

this is a good post, Ginny.

And to think there are so many able bodies person around who would rather beg or steal to "live", while this old gentlemen who have only one useable hand can do so good.

Ruth Hiebert said...

That is very impressive,both his determination and skill.

Nancy Chan said...

Wow! you have a very creative community there. The things you post are very interesting. Thank God, this man does not just give up, but he continues to keep himself busy and occupied. He did a very good job with only one able hand.

reana claire said...

What a hard working man! And his perseverance paid off too! Very nice.. he is really good...

Margaret Adamson said...

I am glad you got to speak with the man and learn he made the wheel with 1 hand. it is fantastic and great that he has put lights on it for people to see.

Tamago said...

Wow, that is amazing! It's great the gentleman had a mental strength to work on such thing after having a stroke. I bet the wheel brightens the heart of everyone who sees it!

From the Kitchen said...

That really is amazing! I can see how it would attract you to stop. I'm sure the gentleman appreciated your interest too.

Best,
Bonnie

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Hi Ginny!! WOW, I've never seen one of these in a yard before. How cool :)

Sandra said...

amazing story of an amazing stroke victim. i love it and it doesn't matter that it doesn't work.. it is a work of art.. wow, think what he could do with two arms... God bless him

Shug said...

While the wheel is exciting....so is the story that goes along with it. How awesome for this gentleman to find something to do that would bring about happiness for him and others as well...a wonderful post..
Blessings.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Wow...amazing.
And the story behind the man's will to keep doing what he enjoys makes a heart grow two sized today!

Awesome.

DawnTreader said...

Wow, you find the most unusal things!

Chatty Crone said...

What a wonderful heart rendering story - I am so glad you posted that and happy too that a man was able to make that after a stroke.

Vanessa Morgan said...

I never saw a ferris wheel on a driveway before. It looks cute though. And I love the drawings on the wheel too, especially the kitty.

Ann Thompson said...

Well isn't that the most awesome thing. Amazing that he was able to build that with just one arm

Karin said...

I'm so glad you both stopped and learned the rest of the story of this gentleman! Most of us couldn't do that with two good hands! I'm thrilled at his perseverance and creativity! Thanks for sharing it with us!

Dee said...

I'm glad I found your blog today because I was really touched by this post. I loved hearing this man's story and I'm encouraged by his strength. Blessings to you... :)

DeniseinVA said...

You probably made his day by stopping to look and chat. It's amazing that he made this after a stroke, good physical and mental therapy I would think. What a darling man and so nice of you to stop.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Well that is quite a surprise! Not too many yards like that.

Tanya Breese said...

well isn't that a neat yard ornament and what a sweet story to go with it...glad you were able to talk with him and learn his story...what a talented man he is!

Catherine said...

What a both touching and inspiring story.
His work is beautiful art.
xoxo Catherine