Friday, March 17, 2017

Care Befull


  If you're not careful you will fall eventually. The Romans knew that. The Latin verb for an unforeseen happening is accidere. And they went on to have the biggest fall of all time. The websites for the ageing say that you're going to slip in the shower or doze off while driving, etc., etc. These things will happen but you can work around them. Munch on candy as you drive. Wear your boots in the shower. But you can't remove all risk if you intend to have fun. Go to Europe! Go to Laos, or Machu Picchu! Just be back in your hotel pub before the youth gangs begin to prowl.

The Accident

 Listening to people's ailments makes me ill, in sympathy, so I'll keep this short. Last Sunday we were out walking on the perfectly smooth river ice. During the thaw two weeks ago, the river came up and the ice went out. Then the temps dropped to zero and the surface froze. Beautiful! But as the water ran out, the ice began to collapse to it's normal depth of one foot. To get onto the river you had to climb or slide down a sharply angled ice floe. This is where members of the party started to fall; nothing worse than a whacked funny bone for we were padded against the cold. When we reached the bridge we began turning over the floes by the shore, marveling at the patterns formed by the river on their undersides.
  At last it was time for hot chocolate by the warm stove. When I stepped onto the ice in the ditch, the goddess of gravity grabbed my ankles and thumped me on my back like a freshly caught halibut. My companions gathered round and helped me to my feet. I hadn't hit my head and my limbs still worked, but my inner works were all ajangle. My lungs felt too flat to take in air. My voice was thin and wheezy. My spine felt fine but the affiliated ribs were not happy.
  Once back home, I popped a couple of pills and sat quietly and thought of people in car crashes and running backs blindsided. I thought too of soldiers and hand grenades until I convinced myself things could be worse. I had promised to grill that evening, and a glass of wine settled the shaking in my hands. Matt fired up the coals and supper was served on time.
  By coincidence, I had a physical scheduled for later in the week. The doctor said I'd be fine. He told me he was in the middle of inventing boots with studs that would retract into the soles when you went inside so you didn't tear up the floor. I told him to put me on his list.

Beneath the floes. Beautiful, cold; indifferent to you.


4 comments:

Joe said...

Yowza! Sounds like you took one swell foop - a real blushing crow! I hope your doctor told you that spoonerisms and other forms of metathesis are a potential sign of drain bamage. Normally, you're tarp as a shack, and you don't seem to have too much wouble with your tords unless you've had too much Guinness.

So, a few stap gop measures if you're getting your merds wixed or engage in behulsive compaviors when theep in dot: Go easy on the prescription kain pillers when imbibling, shake a long, warm tower, go to bed with a warm bater wottle against your plainful paces, and have someone sing you a gentle childhood lullaby such as "Starkle, Starkle Little Twink" so that you can drift off into lumber sland, just like Beeping Sleauty.

Chairman Joe said...

Janks thoe.

Catherine Stenzel said...

Gosh, after my Beloved's comment, I'm almost spoochless. But never not quite.
It would appear that the thwat you endured on the ice may have b'jangled your linguistic gray cells, as this blog has risen to new heights of expression. Unfortunately, this blog application won't let me go back and forth between my comment space and the blog post in question, so I can't cite specific examples of the largesse of your new capacity. Suffice it not to say, "What a pleasant read, despite the "accident." LoveyaDude, CS Oh, and belated St. Pat's Day!

Jean P said...

Searched everywhere in my Bullfinch's and still unable to locate the goddess of gravity.

If I had a hot stove to sit by I would "medicate" with a hot toddy.