I am often lecturing my sweet hubby about his balance. His balance isn’t the best because of past injuries. Having had one foot broken off on his left leg and a severed quadriceps tendon on his right leg, I repeatably tell him he hasn’t a foot to stand on. He often takes a tumble and then I grab my soapbox and remind him of his problem with balance and how he needs to have a plan before overextending his reach. I write all this so I can continue on.
Yesterday, (and yes, I do realize it is only October) I went upstairs to the little storage cubby where all my Christmas decorations are stored. Again, I do realize it is only October. I wanted to look at what ribbons I have to see if I wanted to buy more. I am planning ahead here, folks… I remember that I had a container almost completely full of ribbon and I wanted to see how tattered it may look and also give me an idea of what I want to do with my decorations this year.
I stuck most of my body in and saw that Charlotte had moved in. Trying not to disturb the cobwebs, I ducked down and picked up my empty box of fall decorations. I put it in the next room because, well, I need to pack up my current decorations once Thanksgiving is over. Then, I saw it, a box laying in the small distance, marked “Christmas”. Instead of walking in further, remember those cobwebs, I leaned in to reach the box.
With my right hand stretched out, I started to comprehend my dear hubby’s situation. That box was just a bit out of my reach. I glanced back and put my left hand on a stack of boxes. That didn’t help. Empty gift boxes are just that, fluff… The boxes went flying. I started to think that I was going to land head first onto the small opening on the floor. I hollered , “Help!”. Many thoughts racing in my mind, none of them pretty. I felt my lecturing days waning. I knew my soapbox was going to be removed. I knew it was going to hurt.
Suddenly, out of the corner of my eye, I saw a big red storage box. I grabbed at that. Victory! Again I hollered, “Never mind!” I regained my footing. I backed out of the storage area, with the box I was reaching for!
Laughing, I went to reassure my hubby that I was, in fact, okay. I returned to check out that box of ribbons. The ornaments in there were all wrapped nicely. I returned to that storage area, I looked, and decided that I really did not feel like pulling everything out as I know that whatever I am looking for is usually in the very last box. I will wait another month.
I went about the rest of my day, not giving my acrobatics another thought. I went to bed, fell asleep and then, in the middle of the night I woke up in pain. My knee hurt. My hip hurt, my shoulder hurt. My neck hurt. I lay there a few minutes contemplating the reason. I hobbled into the bathroom to put on the muscle cream. As I got to the bathroom memories of attempting gymnastic moves came to mind.
I learned a couple of things yesterday. First, don’t judge. Second, why in the world am I concerned about Christmas ribbons in October? Get a grip, Cathi!
So, humbled, I close this out, a bit sore from being old and having a momentary lapse of good judgment, but all in one piece! Thanks for stopping by today. Cathi (DAF)