When a part of one’s body has been broken … fractured … opened and insulted with the addition of a metal plate and screws, encased and elevated for two months. When one cannot walk. When one must rely on the kindness of others … here are just a few things that are learned:
- A day is way longer than the clock that measures its length.
- Hair can go at least two days between washing as long as nobody wants to hug you.
- A ten-month Labradoodle puppy is a total clown, except without the creepy factor.
- You can’t stand on one leg and insert your contact lenses without inflicting great bodily injury.
- Gratitude is a plate of food, even if it’s a spoonful of canned refried beans and plain twisty noodles plopped on that plate.
- Dust on every surface is not a lethal event.
- The death of a beloved is a deeper cut than any broken leg.
- You can live with your leg in the air if you know there’s an end date and you have doggies to kiss you through the misery.
- A gynormous glass of wine is like a kiss on a boo-boo — not really a cure, but it sure feels sweet.
Am I through learning things yet? Probably not. But this coming Thursday I’ll learn one more thing … I’ll learn if I can stand up and place even a teensy bit of weight on my leg. Say a prayer, hold good thoughts, and wish me luck!