Humpty DumptyDebi had a great fall… Last week I took an unexpected fall. I was waiting on Tom to meet me at Starbucks when it started to rain. Fortunately, I was under one of the huge green umbrellas many stores provide on their patios. I was safe and dry.
When Tom walked up, I went to meet him by our car. I stepped off of the sidewalk onto the parking lot when my right foot slipped on an oil slick–what we call “Florida Ice.” In no time I was on the pavement–my knee taking the full impact. It all happened so fast that even though Tom was within reach, there was nothing he could do to stop my fall. I was hurt, bleeding, wet and embarrassed. But most of all I was grateful Tom was right there.
A kind woman came running out of Starbucks to see if I was okay, or if I wanted her to call anyone for me. She didn’t realize Tom was with me since I had been sitting on the patio alone. I told her Tom was my husband and thanked her for being so thoughtful.
Later, Tom said I missed my chance to say, “I’m hoping this good-looking man will help me!” He was right. It would have been a great line, except I wasn’t thinking about great lines. I can’t remember the last time I’ve been hurt like this. Tom insisted I put ice on my knee, which was worse than the pain of the fall itself! I don’t do well with cold–never have. So this was pure torture, but I listened. And I’m grateful I did. The next day my knee didn’t look near as bad as I thought it might. I’m sure the ice did the trick, and Tom’s attentive care.
We have a framed photo in our bedroom of The Romantic Vineyard banner. On it is printed, “I love you because…” and this was the perfect opportunity to fill in the blank. Here’s what I wrote… (notice the stick figure drawing that Tom drew in response! ) Yeah, that’s me on the ground, and Tom right there to help me up. You might like to know that I didn’t spill a drop of my coffee–now that’s impressive. When was the last time your spouse came to your rescue? How did you express your gratefulness?