The evening the Goldfish astonished us by standing up it really felt like he’d performed a miracle. In the weeks since he’d lost his mobility, he would sometimes push down on the arms of his chair as though trying to heave himself to his feet. Then, one evening he suddenly succeeded. He stood up, tottered and, just before he crashed to the ground, the DH caught him. He brought them both – unhurt – to the ground. The Goldfish found this hilarious.
Later, when his number one care person came in, he demonstrated his newly re-discovered ability to stand up. This time the DH had the walking frame in position and the Goldfish managed to walk from living room to kitchen. The DH photographed the astounding event.
Sadly, the Goldfish never repeated this little miracle – but he, and we, gloried in his brief achievement.