Steps in the Dark

I took a deep breath and slipped out the door.I faced a new test every time I entered the darkness. I squared my shoulders and in the meager light, stepped straight out to and faced the street. How hard can this be, anyway? I turned my body so that I could travel left. Four blocks. There’s a big library there. Cross the street. Go five blocks. You should be on your own street. Cross it and find the sidewalk. To your right is the side street beside your house. Cross that and you’re home. My heart beat erratically as I swept my cane in front of me, keeping myself centered on the sidewalk. This was the first I’d tried to navigate the road by myself. I didn’t want anyone to feel they had to offer me a ride home.

But now I was second-guessing myself. Tonight the sky seemed pitch black.

I kept my thoughts positive. I’m getting there. I’