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Ginger Ford

Ginger Ford

In Ginger Visel Ford’s earliest memory, she is four years old, running and squealing, with her brother Charlie at her heels. Just as he tags her, she ducks under sheets hanging on a clothesline. Winded and laughing, the children sprawl on sweet-smelling grass, listening to Mother sing, “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning.”

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Living in terror of crutches and iron lungs

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Photo © Ginger V. Ford

Ginger Visel Ford, sixty-nine, can remember being an energetic four-year-old, playing tag with her brother Charlie at her heels. Just as he tagged her, she ducked under sheets hanging on a clothesline. Winded and laughing, the children sprawled on sweet-smelling grass, listening to their mother sing “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning.”

“My internal stopwatch freezes this moment like a scene in a movie,” she says. “I was the happiest girl on the planet. If only every day could bring such simple pleasures. But life had other plans.”

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