Fall and rise

19 Jan

My mind must have been elsewhere because, as I descended the back stairs that lead to the street, I fell.

Did I miss the handrail as I took a mental vacation? Or did I take a misstep? I will never know, but I fell in slow motion. Fortunately, my life did not flash in front of my eyes. I was aware of my fall, and tried to grab the handrail. I missed and continued down. I ended up with my feet near the top of the stairs and my head near the bottom.

Once down, I took stock of myself. Nothing hurt and that was good. My position was awkward so I took a moment. A moment too long apparently because Richard, who knew I was supposed to be taking him to the park, tried to barrel through my mayhem on the stairs. So much for canine empathy.

My effort to get up from my position was not elegant. There might have been some grunting and groaning. Richard gave me more than one look of impatience. As I arrived, upright, at the bottom of the stairs, I looked around – no one on the street.

I looked at Richard and said, “Let’s go to the park.” He set off at his normal happy trot and I kept pace. Despite the mud on one knee, I knew I was truly fine. When your biggest concern is Did anyone see me? you know you are just fine.

7 Responses to “Fall and rise”

  1. Lakshmi Bhat January 19, 2021 at 6:26 am #

    Thank God you are fine. Take care.

  2. Beth Bilson & Truman January 19, 2021 at 6:34 am #

    Considering how many times a day I talk to Truman …………I probably ask myself “Did anyone see me?” probably 8-10 times a day. At least one of those times, I am certain someone sees a gray haired old lady talking to her basset hound…………who cares – not me. Glad you aren’t hurt……….the park awaits.

  3. arjeha January 19, 2021 at 7:46 am #

    I’m sorry, I had to smile. As who knows that there is no graceful way to get up once you are down, whether by choice or accident, I totally understand about looking around to see that no was watching. I am glad you were not hurt. My cats think that when I am down it is because I want to play with them and they make getting up a project.

  4. Christine January 19, 2021 at 8:04 am #

    Your last line sings to me – and are good words of wisdom in general: “When your biggest concern is Did anyone see me? you know you are just fine!”
    My thoughts each time I tumble. Hopefully we will all age gracefully and only need to say these words.

  5. Fran McCrackin January 19, 2021 at 11:39 am #

    A true small moment, well told! We were right with you, head at the bottom and feet at the top, dog deciding to keep going on past. Glad youre ok and can write it with a sense of humor.

  6. Amy Ellerman January 19, 2021 at 4:35 pm #

    Your use of the dog’s reaction (the only witness) lightens the tone and assures the reader that you will be okay at the end. Thank goodness!

  7. theapplesinmyorchard January 19, 2021 at 4:44 pm #

    Oh, I’m so glad you are okay. It’s terrible to fall and not know exactly what happened to make it so. Animals are so funny! I would bet that if you had been hurt, Richard would have known immediately and his reaction would have been entirely different! I hope you enjoyed the park! (I know Richard probably did!)

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