Clumsy Notes

Clumsy Notes

My clumsiness used to be mildly amusing – mishaps met with inevitability rather than surprise. Naturally mine was the car drunk drivers demolished. Who else could give themselves a black eye opening a door, break their toe going to the bathroom in the middle of the night or fall in a hole while walking across a field? Rest assured – walking with me is safe, I’ll take misfortune onΒ  the chin so you can breathe easy.

Good natured laughter came easy for a while. Comments like “you have to be more careful” or ” Geez” never offended – they were bang on, I would have laughed and shaken my head, every bit in disbelief if it were another clumsy sod instead of myself.Β  My list of injury,mishap, folly and circumstance stretch back so far they’ve become comedy sketches. Those who know me aren’t being unkind – I get it, I’m a klutz.

Years of “bouncing back” from injury have given way to the stark reality of middle age. Shaking it off with a chorus of “I’m a dumb-ass”, no longer a match for the reality of “I’m not as young as I used to be”.

A few days ago I was walking with my husband to the grocery store. One second we’re talking – the next I’m hard on the ground – no warning, no chance to anticipate or prepare. Long story short – I knew my arm wasn’t right and went to the emergency room today. Four hours later I walked out with this “half cast” on my arm and an appointment to see a bone specialist on Thursday.

Clumsiness isn’t funny anymore – I’m getting to old for this crap and really have to start being more careful.

 

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7 thoughts on “Clumsy Notes

  1. Sympathetic cringing here….

    I once fell off the fuel tank of my own semi while (to the best of my recollection) doing absolutely nothing. I then tried to drive from Gary IN to Portland OR with what turned out to be a broken wrist. Made it to Milwaukee and gave up. Being klutzy is no laugh. I feel for you.

    I guess you just have to crack the whip and get someone else to work harder. :-\

    • I’ve been to Gary, In. – but I digress.It’s ridiculous what stubborn fools we can be. I laughed at you falling off your truck while doing nothing. Not at you but with you because I understand so completely πŸ™‚ As for cracking the whip and getting others to do more – ha, ha, ha! I went to work at 8 this morning – saw a wedding through then beat rush hour traffic to race across town and bartend for some lucrative under the table cash. All I can tell you is how pathetic opening beer and pouring wine is without the use of a thumb πŸ™‚

      • “Off the books” is always fun!

        Amazing how much we use those opposable thumbs for, isn’t it!

        funny, though…. at times we’re stubborn fools, at other times we are passionately devoted, at other times is focussed…

        πŸ™‚

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