Have you seen the header that Beyonce took during one of her recent concerts?
Looks painful, doesn’t it? Know what? It is! Multiple steps not required—a single curb will do. Last week I was walking out of a camera store in suburban St. Louis, and as I headed back to my car I somehow missed the fact that there was a step down between the sidewalk and the parking lot. (Am I the only one spotting a trend here? And here?)
I went down hard on my left knee, and my body continued its rapid descent. I reached out in an attempt to slow my momentum with my hands, but I couldn’t avoid the three-point landing. Finally, my chin met the pavement. All of this happened in the span of about .3 seconds, and I’m sure the sound of my body smacking asphalt and the involuntary “Ooomph!!” sound I made were pretty much simultaneous.
Things I am thankful for:
- The car that was coming was driving slowly, and was far enough away to stop before running me over.
- The car’s driver rolled down her window and called out, “Are you okay?!?”
- I still have all of my teeth.
- I still have my entire tongue.
- I didn’t break any bones.
- I had not purchased any fragile, expensive camera gear.
- I was able to walk away, and could drive after a few minutes of surveying the damage.
- The co-worker who picked me up for dinner 15 minutes later was sympathetic and stopped at the grocery store so I could buy an ice pack.
- Restaurants that serve 22 oz. margaritas. (Said co-worker took me to an excellent Mexican restaurant for dinner after the trauma.)
- Suzie was not there as a witness.
Now . . . would you like to see the damage?
This is three days post-incident. I can hardly wait ’til it turns green.