Monday Flashback: Gravity and Ice Packs

22 Mar

The last time I remember falling this hard was at a high school track and field competition, I mean I’ve fallen before, plenty of times in my adulthood and parenthood parts of my life, but you know there are those times that you remember, reeeeeeeeally remember. The ones that stick with you when you can picture what you were wearing, the time of day, who was there, the street you were on, if anyone saw you, and maybe the sting of the dirt or pebbles that broke your flesh open.

Yeah those stick with you. High-school track meet. 400-metter hurdles. Yeah that was a big one.

I added to that epic list this weekend and ice packs were necessary.

I didn’t break anything, I’m fine. But I was reminded that gravity is still a very powerful force. I find that potholes and long laces often contribute to these stumbles as well, but I can’t tell you how this actually happened. I had double knotted my shoes, but the laces were still pretty long, and I hadn’t tucked them, so can’t be sure what caused it but it happened.

I found it interesting that while my right knee and both hands were bleeding, I didn’t stop. I got up. Jogged for a bit to make sure the potential cars passing by had not witnessed this epic crash, which in fact no one did, unless they had video recording doorbell ringers that captured it for their amusement. But I doubt it, a lot of tall bushes and gates.

After a couple minutes of jogging, I walked for a bit. I pressed my shirt against the palms of my hand to try and stop the bleeding, and squeeze my hand to try and stop the throbbing painful sensation but it didn’t stop.

Then I had a flashback of my son at one of his first triathlons. Right after my race the kids race had begun and during the race he had take a tumble during the excitable and crowded field of SpongeBob-watching population. He winced a bit, got up, and kept going before I got a chance to ask him if he was OK. I had gone into mom mode immediately, but he waved me off and kept going. When he got to the finish line I was so proud of him for finishing the race. It was hard, an unexpected obstacle. But he persevered. Big smiles, big hugs, and high-fives at the finish line.

I remember taking our picture after the race, smiling with our medals and the pride he felt in himself. In getting up after that fall, not giving up, and the smile on his face when I saw him at the finish line. I remembered all this as I walked along my running route with my hands still bleeding. The marks of The Stumbler. The one who falls, and stumbles, but continues to get back up.

I smiled thinking of my son. I squeezed my hand, tried to make a fist, and finished the 3-mile run. Sometimes kids give you that extra push you need, even when they’re not there. And ice packs still feel good after Band-aids and Neosporin.

Beware … gravity is still very powerful.

Buen Camino my friends …

7 Responses to “Monday Flashback: Gravity and Ice Packs”

  1. beth March 23, 2021 at 4:08 AM #

    oh, glad you are okay and interesting how our kids inspire us in unexpected ways

    • The Guat March 24, 2021 at 8:14 AM #

      It was a good memory to have at that moment. 🙂 thanks for stopping by!

  2. Sorryless March 24, 2021 at 6:59 AM #

    Glad you’re okay hermana.

    Nah, check that. You are way better than just okay. You’re a rock star.

    As for plunges due to the temperamental nature of gravity? I might have been there a time or several, and like you and yours, I got right up and kept on keeping just so’s no snooping pain in the ass could laugh at me while they sat on theirs. 😉

    • The Guat March 24, 2021 at 8:29 AM #

      Thanks I’m doing fine just scrapes 🙂 You totally don’t want any witnesses around when gravity overpowers you. I’ve been there too a couple times and it’s not fun either. But I imagine you would be the kind of person that would get back up too. I can see that for sure. Good to hear from you hermano. Hope you’re doing well 🙂 Sunshine and waves.

      • Sorryless March 26, 2021 at 5:06 AM #

        I love running in a snowstorm or after one. As such, yeah . . I’ve had my share of falls. But I look at it this way. I’m out there, putting in the time. If someone wants to laugh at that, so be it.

  3. Island Traveler March 24, 2021 at 12:02 PM #

    Inspiring share my friend. Courage and perseverance make us winners in this life. Passionate gives us the fuel to rise and fly where our dreams will take us. Been injured many times the past year, I guess getting older has caught up with me but each time, I kept going pain and all. Glad I did because pain and bruising makes us tougher, stronger. Stay safe and take care.

    • The Guat March 24, 2021 at 9:47 PM #

      Thanks my friend! Great to hear from you. All those scrapes and bruises are definitely character builders that’s for sure. They build on one another and keep our resolve steady and as long as we keep getting up we’ll continue to persevere. Thanks for stopping by! Stay well 🙂

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