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There Was a Day

There was a day,
A dark and dank and dreary day.
It challenged all my skills,
It was a very painful day.
Even so, I faced it and embraced it
And as that day dissolved into memory
My skills gained greater ability.

There was a day,
A bright and shiny, joyful day.
It was a very peaceful day,
A day of blessed rest.
As that day dissolved into memory,
My spirit was strengthened with love.

This is a life
Made up of many days --
All different and apart,
Yet dissolving into a balanced blend.
I face and embrace all these days,
The dreary and the shiny,
The painful and the joyful.
They are the gifts of this life.

By Teddie-Joy Remhild, Founder of Disability and Aging Advocacy, educator, and advocate who has lived independently as a blind woman for the last 42 years. Reprinted with permission from She may be reached at


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Retrieved from the Web site of the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota ( Citation: Heller, T., Stafford, P., Davis, L.A., Sedlezky, L., & Gaylord, V. (Eds.). (Winter 2010). Impact: Feature Issue on Aging and People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 23(1). [Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration].

The PDF version of this Impact, with photos and graphics, is also online at

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