Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost (J.R.R. Tolkien)
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Putting The Fall In Fall
This is the view from the ground near my Mother's porch after I fell off of it.
It was my second day in California and I was looking back at her laughing at something she said and forgot there was a step there. My ankle twisted, terrible pain, but I thought for a second I wasn't going down. For a moment I thought I could stabilize myself. For a moment I thought all was going to be OK.
Then I toppled like a tree being felled at the bottom. A little wobble and over I went.
My thought going down was 'thank goodness I've been doing yoga for a month.' ...Like that was going to save me.
Mom said, "Lay still for a while and relax and send good thoughts down your body." That wasn't hard to do since I was afraid to move to the point of paralysis. I willed every part of my body to relax and be well.
After a bit, I pulled my purse over and took out my camera. Like a good blogger, I didn't want to miss a chance to capture the moment. I got a picture of her concerned face, staring down at me. I think she was probably wondering how the hell she was going to get me up!
I got a picture of the ground and her feet.
I got a picture of the roof.
I handed the camera to her and said take a picture of me by the flowers. She did. At least she got the flowers.
I took one last picture of her pool, hoping I'd never have another opportunity to get it from this view again.
When I finally got up, my ankle hurt like hell. But I was able to hobble to the car and go to dinner. A few days of taking it easy and I was able to get around pretty well.
And, by the way, I really do think the yoga helped by making me limber enough to withstand the fall. A month ago I would've broken something for sure.