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    LIMBS / 'Getting over it too soon?' - Photography & Performance Series
 

'Killing the dead a second time. We were one flesh. Now that it has been cut in two, we don't want to pretend that it is whole and complete' - C.S Lewis, A Grief Observed

 
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
     
   

"Getting over it too soon? But the words are ambiguous. To say the patient is getting over it after an operation for appendicitis is one thing; after he's had his leg off it is quite another. After the wounded stump heals or the man dies. If it heals, the fierce continuous pain will stop. Presently he'll get back his strength back and be able to stump about on his wooden leg. He has 'got over it'. But he will probably have recurrent pains in the stump all his life, and perhaps pretty bad ones; and he will always be a one-legged man. There will be hardly any moment when he forgets it. Bathing, dressing, sitting down and getting up again, even lying in bed, will all be different. His whole way of life will be changed. All sorts of pleasures and activities that he once took for granted will simply be written off. Duties too. At present I am learning to get about on crutches. Perhaps I shall presently be given a wooden leg. But I shall never be a biped again."

C.S Lewis, A Grief Observed