Love bookstores! Last week, while browsing a table of newly minted paperbacks, Your Second Life Begins When You Realize You Only Have One, grabbed my attention, which is what good marketers hope happens.
Armed with the reminder of the brevity of this one life, I returned home, threw caution to the wind and scattered rugs.
Not if you’ve ever been interrogated by representatives from medicare or some accident prevention professional. In case you’re unaware, small rugs lie in wait like rabid animals, ready to pounce, trip, break bones and send you to an extended care facility or an early grave. Which reminds me of my son’s comment at one of my recent birthdays, “You no longer have to worry about dying young.”
Well, I’ve had enough of, “How are we today?”
I hardly know you.
Before and after knee surgery, they came armed with questions, assumptions and a desire to yellow tape my world. Dangers lurked and I, apparently, was exhibit A for mishaps and worse.
Risks exist but from what I’ve seen recently on the news, I’m safer than some.
There’s a dance craze, the KiKi challenge, with folks jumping out of cars, dancing then jumping back in before the car beats you to the intersection or you’re hit or hurt while living la dulce vida. And there’s politics, where one can misspeak and bring about “terrors such as the world’s never seen.” Or you can swallow a Tide pod or take the Hot Water challenge, dumping boiling water on yourself or someone, for fun.
Toss me a throw rug any day of the week.
Last week, after finishing physical therapy, I attempted to encourage a man groaning on the table next to me. He’d had both knees replaced. I reassured him, it gets better.
He looked my way, then hissed through clenched teeth, ” You’re still limping!”
I, having just gotten off steroids but still revved, snarled back,”Well, I’m not expecting to hit the runway any time soon.”
He, probably thought, “Logan airport.”
I, on the other hand, thought,” tall, willowy model in stilettos.”
Maybe I’d better slap some yellow tape on my mouth and limit my risks to scattering rugs, not words.
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