Rat race

I would imagine all three of my children remember the time when I, riding the down escalator, got a particular gleam in my eye, said “I can do this” and started to run up the down escalator to where they were all standing. I made it to the top, where I tripped/sprawled forward, packages et al. In one of my proudest mama-moments, none of my children reacted by pretending that they did not know me. In fact, they all came running to make sure I was okay.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xK5b3IYZStM

I posted this observation and video on Facebook the other day, knowing my kids would get a kick out of it. I have always had a ‘can-do‘ attitude. However, sometimes can-do and my knack for risk taking pair up and invite poor judgement along for the ride as well, generally to the detriment of my health.

Per wit: this morning I had a dust-up with a dresser, and the dresser won. It began innocently enough, as I made the decision to relocate a lamp. En route to its final resting spot, I saw that my path was blocked by an assortment of boxes, scattered clothes hangers and loose papers. At that moment, I should have turned back. But no

My left foot caught in the hem of my bathrobe, and I  stepped right onto the slippery pile of papers. Disaster. Focussed on not dropping/breaking the lamp, I pitched face first into the corner of the dresser. The lamp was fine, and (miraculously) only the glass vitrine that crashed to the floor was broken. Truly, I could have done so much more damage.

The area around my left eye is a bit scratched up and may yet develop into a shiner. Hopefully I learned something though. The willingness to surmount obstacles is undoubtedly a useful quality, but not when undermined by foolhardy impulsivity. First, do no harm.

5 responses to “Rat race

  1. Ouchie. You could dress up that shiner by sporting the “smoky eye” look. Hope everything else falls into place without you falling too. I look forward to hearing the rest of your adventures!
    Love you,
    Joan

  2. Cristina Thorson

    Now we’ll never know if that rat made it off the escalator…
    Step carefully, and be sure to send us a pic of your shiner!

    xo
    Cristina

  3. Oh Linnea, wish I could help in some small way. I can’t begin to imagine all that you’re going through – what a season to be doing it in! You are in my thoughts and prayers. May the dust clear and your space and life be filled with love, light, joy, and peace. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

    xo Jazz

  4. I am glad to see that you are still here, shiner and all. Sending you lovelovelove, Deborah

  5. Long time no hear. How are you doing? Good thoughts, best wishes, Hedy

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