We all fall down
I have never considered myself a
clumsy person. Yet at times even
I have fallen from grace. Recently
hitting a new low when I fell on
my ass post a misstep on our stairs.
Leaving my ego not only bruised
but my sorry ass black and blue.
Why is it that post a fall we ALL
blaming ourselves? Like the time
last summer when I literally fell
flat on my face in the subway. An
obvious accident, it left me feeling
lie a total oaf. A clumsy idiot.
How does one stop a downward slide?
For some reason I've become quite a
klutz. Years ago Frank and I attended
New Years brunch at a friend's ranch.
The distinctive decorative element of
their manse was a hand crafted wood
staircase. A functional work of art, it
certainly made an impact on me. Or
rather it hit me hard after putting my
best face - not foot forward. Hence I
made an unhappy landing at the foot
of the stairs. And for once, my carpet
burn was on my face - NOT knees.
Then there was that time that
I slipped on the ice at brother
"B's" home on New Year's Day.
Much like other falls I flipped
up into the air several feet only
to land flat on my back. While
no bones were not broken, my
sister in law's heirloom china
platter shattered in my shopping
bag. Rather than fall from grace
and destroy her future holidays
sans cookies on that treasured
dish - I found another on eBay.
Not only are my missteps scary for
me, they terrify those unlucky souls
who have to witness them. Frank
says that when I fell down the stairs
it seemed as if the world stood still
as I floated by him in slow motion.
Almost any disaster can be frozen
in one's mind as a moment in time.
I'm not saying that my spills are
disasters. However while they are
happening there is a possibility that
my spills could end disastrously.
How can I avoid slip sliding away?!
The older we get, the more damage
a fall causes. Hence my peers tend
to tread lightly. One step in a wrong
direction can send you flying. Thus
during the holidays my strategy is
move slowly with extreme caution.
My hope is that will insure that I
don't have to worry about medical
insurance deductibles..To date I've
never broken a bone and hope to
continue that record. Nervous or
not, I plan to celebrate Christmas
on the right foot. BE CAREFUL!