Sunday, August 9, 2015

Feeling Young Again

The most unlikely things can make you feel young again.

Yesterday, I was at my elderly mother in law's, helping her in the final stages of downsizing and moving to be closer to family where I live in upstate New York.  My son was with us.

My son works in a machine shop (dirty, smelly work) and drives an old beat up 1998 Ford Explorer.

He needed gas, and we needed to pick up a couple of pizzas for dinner.  So, away we went.

Such an innocent phase, "away we went".  It's a process for him to have a passenger in his car.  Seat latches are tricky and he has to go through an operation to pull the seat back so a passenger can get in.  There's a huge step up, too, huge at least to a 62 year old woman with an arthritic knee.

I managed the step up the first time, but not the second time.  I landed on my rear end "plop" right on the floor rug.  The dirty floor rug, in a vehicle smelling of machine shop.

And I started to laugh uncontrollably.

I don't know why, but that undignified landing on my rear made me feel young again.  I laughed and giggled for the next few minutes.

My son can drive me crazy (he knows all my buttons and doesn't hesitate to push them) but he has a heart of gold.  (Just don't tell anyone I said so.)

He says I don't laugh enough.  It's true.  Sometimes I feel like all the worries of the world are on my shoulders.

But, for a minute, on the floor of that Ford Explorer, I forgot them.

Incidentally, the pizza was delicious.

3 comments:

  1. I'm sorry to hear that life is getting you down. Yet, in every life there is winter just before the spring.
    Sometimes, I laugh for the strangest reasons--a release valve, if you like. Just the act of laughing lifts your spirits. Come over here and I'll pull the rug from under you. See if that does the trick.

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  2. It's so good to laugh. It's great that you didn't get mad but instead enjoyed the crazy of it all.

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  3. I have a bum knee, too, Alana, that is TRYING to convince me that I'm old. I regularly converse with the stupid thing and insist that I am NOT old just because my knee doesn't always feel cooperative! I think you're only as old as you allow yourself to feel, Alana, and I love it that you burst into giggles instead of into tears!

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