If it's wrong to laugh at people when they fall, I don't do it. But, here is a mostly true conversation between me and Girl 2 from a few weeks ago:
We had been talking about some kids who were doing something to another kid (I can't exactly remember the details) and I said something like, "Hmm. Well, that just doesn't sound very kind. It's not really bullying or being mean, but that might make you feel bad if someone did that to you. So, it's probably a good idea for us not to do that." Girl 2 then said back to me, "Yeah. I get it. Like when we fall and you laugh at us? Like that, mom?"
Ouch! Stinging. Cringe. Shameful.
I don't remember what I did after she said that. I think I mumbled something like, "Yeah. Kind of like that," and slinked out of the room. Like a snake.
I try not to laugh when people (mostly my kids) fall, but I just think it's funny. And I try to always make sure they are not hurt (seriously) before I start laughing.
So keeping all of this in mind, it should be no surprise to me that the tables turned on me yesterday morning.
I was out on my morning run and I was deep in thought composing a depressing blog post for you guys. In fact, I was so deep in thought that tears had welled up in my eyes (turns out I have a talent for multi-tasking - or not).
(And in a short digression, when discussing talent our family possesses the other night - it was a short discussion - Boy Child told Girl 1, "You have a great talent for making yourself cry for no good reason or any reason, because you do it all the time." And he was serious. After thinking about it a little too much, I have concluded that I have that talent as well. Especially once a month.)
Now, if I had to blame something for why I found myself smack dab on the grass ready to go into a forward tumble, I would say it was because I had tears in my eyes and I couldn't see clearly. But, that would be a lie. It was because I am clumsy. And my bones are getting brittle from becoming old apparently.
Anyway. I tripped over something (possibly air), tried desperately to find my footing, lost my battle with that, and had a quick thought that landing on the grass next to the sidewalk would be preferable to landing on the sidewalk. So, I veered (gracefully) toward the direction of the grass and in about two seconds propelled myself onto my arms (onto the grass) with a force and speed *kind of* resembling Carl Lewis (at least that's who came to my mind as I found myself flying through the air) and I almost did a forward tumble like baseball players do sometimes when they are sliding into base (except I was not wearing tight white pants highlighting my nice a$$ - nor do I have a nice a$$ - and I was not trying not to swallow my tobacco - because I do not chew tobacco when I run usually). When I didn't naturally do a forward tumble I thought about making myself do it just so that if anyone was watching they would be like, "OOO. Oh no! Ouch. Clutz! Cool!"
This fall was quite a shock and I am sure I looked quite shocked when I finally stopped moving and kind of just lay there on the grass next to the sidewalk in some unsuspecting (and I am sure nervous) person's front yard.
Right then I immediately did what every adult person who falls does, I quickly scanned the area to see if anyone had seen me fall.
Now, I am going to digress again to tell you another one of my faults (It's been kind of like confession here on my blog lately, eh? Except that usually when I play confession, I am the priest.). When I am running in my neighborhood I can be smug. (Shocking, I know.) I often encounter neighbors "running" and I put them all in "classes." There are the Marathoners who I tell myself are taking years off their lives by running so much and so seriously. Then there are the New Year's Resolutioners who I tell myself won't be around past February. Then there are the people who I kind of group in a class with myself who I like to "race" (totally in my head). So, there's this one guy who I see almost everyday and he's fit and kind (evidenced by the fact that he nods to me when he passes me - most likely saying a silent prayer for my safety when I invariably lose my footing and do a face plant), but he walks up almost all of the hills. So, I take a teensy bit of pride in the fact that I can run up the hills at my age and he walks up them (knowing full and well that he probably has a high school injury that prevents him from running up hills or he has fake knees and is overachieving just to be walking).
So, naturally I fell right in front of Walk Up The Hills Man's house. There were no cars in his driveway, and I did not see anyone looking out the window.
And, there is a God in Heaven because I was out of the view of the high schoolers that congregate at the corner to wait for the bus. If they had seen me, I would probably be shopping for a new house right now instead of blogging.
After I did a quick scan to see if anyone had seen me I just sat there for a few minutes. And that's when it hit me. I couldn't help myself. I started to laugh like a ca-razy woman. I mean I was laughing so hard I couldn't even get up off the ground or attempt to clean all the dirt and grime off my knees and hands. Then I became even more worried that someone would see me on the ground, with dirt all over my hands and knees, laughing like a woman who has lost all her marbles, and unable to talk or lift myself off the ground. This thought, of course, only made me laugh harder. I had a thought that Walk Up The Hills Man would come out of his house and ask me if I was okay, and could he call someone for me. But, I would not be able to say anything because I was laughing so hard. Then, invariably he would start laughing at me because who doesn't think falling is funny? And we would both be laughing hysterically until the person whose yard I was now fully sitting in laughing my a$$ off would come out and ask me if I was okay. She would say that she had seen me fall and it was hilarious. The three of us would just be there laughing hysterically until the moment passed.
This went on (in my mind) for a good five minutes until I was finally able to pull myself together and stop laughing and get up.
Shamelessly I waved (?) just in case anyone was watching. From their window. And I think I even shouted to no one and everyone, "I'm okay! It's all good!"
I am trying not to let this incidence of clumsiness and extreme embarrassment get me down. I ran today (you know, in the spirit of - if you fall off the horse - get right back on it?). Just in case, I took Girl 3 in the stroller for extra cardio (and for safety). Surely no one would laugh if I fell and dragged the baby down with me. Right? (Except me, of course.)