Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Mouth of Babes

Would you go to the bank for me this morning?

Okay, but why can't you go?

I'm multitasking, and you're helping me.

But the walk would do you good.

Things hurt.

I know they do, but that's why things hurt, because you send me to the bank instead of walking there yourself.

(Silence.) 

If I wasn't here to go to the bank for you would it even get done?

Of course it would. I do whatever has to get done. Like you do. You learned that from some place.

So why do you always send me to the bank?

Because you're here. (Facetiously.)

But you need to walk more.

Things hurt.

(Silence.) 

Okay. I'm going to the bank for you today even though I don't like enabling you, but I'm going to say this. The next time you think you don't want to walk somewhere, do it anyway. Do it slowly. Don't do it for me. Don't even do it for you. Do it for your grandchildren. Because one day your grandchildren are going to want you to take them to the park and you can sit on the bench once you get there and watch them play. But if you can't even walk to the park, that would suck for your grandchildren. Because I have very fond memories of Grandma taking me to the park.

(Silence.)

Okay, son. I hear you.

So you'll walk more? And go with me to the gym?

I do solemnly swear.

My son and me, 12 years ago



9 comments:

  1. I hear you and that's what I think, about doing things with my grandkids. And still I half the time don't get up and walk! I have to do better. I could be able to walk further and do more this coming summer if I would consistently exercise this winter/spring. Otherwise...

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  2. Well I DO walk and let me tell you something- it makes it all hurt worse. Still, I will do it. Here's another thing- taking care of my grandsons wears me slap out. And makes my hips hurt because I hold the baby on that right hip which has been perched-out for a baby seat since I was thirteen years old.
    Angella, I really think that the 300 mgs. of CoQ 10 I am taking (on Elizabeth's suggestion) is helping with the inflammation. My pain is lessened considerably. Try it.

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  3. I heard someone say yesterday "We will rust out before we wear out"...I truly believe that.

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  4. You have always been beautiful. Brene Brown says "shame corrodes the very part of us that believes we are capable of change." So send yourself some love.

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  5. I love your son and he means well and he is right too. I had some injuries and I did not exercise for 3 years and I know the hurt you feel too. I am finding that thing they say "use it or lose it" is true. I have had 24 physical therapy sessions and sometimes I feel like sobbing at how weak I still am and how much I hurt but little by little by little I am determined to get back some strength and regular mobility. We are in our mid-fifties and I am afraid of what is ahead if I don't work on this now. I am going to try what Ms Moon suggested for inflammation. I am open to any and all suggestion. I wish there was an easier softer way like someone else doing it for me but alas, there is not. Sweet Jo

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  6. I'm new in these parts, so I don't know if your pain is from an injury or aging or both. I am pain-free, mostly, following a severe ankle break two years and one month ago, but I am only just now starting to be able to walk long distances (2 or 3 miles) at a time without really feeling it.I am trying to do this, but can try harder. We can do it together.

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  7. Good for him! (And ultimately, good for you!)

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  8. What a good good son you have. Sending you love xoxo

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