july 31 2023
To stiltwalk or not to stiltwalk ---that is the question today... I usually stiltwalk on my birthday—and last year I was nursing a slightly angry knee....so I did not... and all assumed I was done stiltwalking--- but just sitting here today ,my knee got over whatever the problem was... and I --- at the moment see no reason...........
Except--- and here is a biggie--- if you are running around on stilts, why do you have a handicap license plate? Or let me be the first to ridicule your judgement on facebook...let me remind everyone... not all handicaps are readily visable.. stop glaring at the cute little jack Russell on the womans lap on the plane.... it could be a very talented well trained dog for his owner who is deaf....or in my case on stilts, it is a lung thing... and I literally run out of gas after about 30 feet. As for the judgement—I have been a damn fool too long to stop now..... but it has to be a daily thing...every once in a while I can have an “almost sprained ankle “feeling in some joint... and on those days maybe not... but right now—so far today—all systems are go.
Last time I thought of this I looked into the guiness book of records... and how to qualify- now someone is ready to say “see you are getting old and loosing your memory” but I cannot remember the details --- my memory may have gone from bad to worse, but my tenacity has gone from "why not?"—to "who gives a shlt.?"
I fully recognize I must be kind to my caregivers- but stepping down off those short stilts is no different than walking down steps or off a curb.. this pair is about 6 inches—but they are stilts.. the best pair are the 24 inch ones Janine usually walks on ( gwen gets the 36 inch ones) so I could be destined to break a hip stepping off a curb on the way to the market--- for that I would get sympathy. If I chase Fate , is that in itself damning? ( on facebook it sure is !)
Fate is the hunter
Fate is the thing without a head
A puzzle never understood
And man proceeds where he is led
Unguaranteed of bad or good.