Thursday, August 9, 2018

The Bad Thing and The Good Thing

We had a gathering of cousins this past weekend and conversation kinda seemed to focus on us getting old. I mentioned about how clumsy I'm getting and told a story about what happened to me on my recent Japan trip.

We were in a restaurant that served buffet Japanese food. There was a darkly lit corridor in the restaurant where there was a step-up that I totally didn't see, and I tripped.

The Bad Thing was that when I tripped I was carrying a tray full of separate dishes of food. It seemed like it was a good two minutes that I stomped around on the wooden floor, swaying this way and that, trying to keep the food and myself from falling to the ground.

The Good Thing was that I DIDN'T FALL DOWN! It was a miracle! I don't even know how that happened, but me AND THE FOOD didn't fall down. 

My food ended up spread out all over my tray, but main thing . . .  I DIDN'T FALL DOWN! 


Anonymous said...

You are a great storyteller and your drawings are so cute! Good thing you didn’t fall and hurt yourself.


jalna said...

Izsmom, thanks! I was more worried about da shame than about getting hurt.

Anonymous said...

OMG, Jalna! You should come with us to Osaka and Mie in September! Remember the broken foot? when I went last Oct, another woman tripped over a short step and landed on her arthritic knees OUCH! The 3rd one ALMOST took a fall backwards from the top of some stone steps but fortunately caught herself. Whew!!! I was in panic mode because it must be me causing all these mishaps. Even when I went to Boston with my boss, she twisted her knee so badly getting on the ferry across the harbor that she couldn't walk or even drive. I told my boss she should come too, so if you guys come, we could have a crip reunion!
But, really, what a save for you! The shame is worse than the fall, yah? Were you yelling, "whoa whoa whoa" while you were trying to catch your balance?

Leslie's pics said...

Whoa that's pretty impressive! I'd probably face plant and my food woulda went flying on someone's head!!

Anonymous said...

Good quick reflexes!!!! -lance

Honolulu Aunty said...

Hurray! I think you need to make a storybook. Jalna's Extraordinary Ordinary Days.

Chet Colson said...

Glad you didn't get hurt. I agree, my balance has changed with age. Surfing is harder balancing on the board. I do balance exercise to negate it.

Susan said...

Glad you didn’t fall down!! I absolutely love these drawings that went with your story!

Anonymous said...

j: oh dear I am the same way.....I trip and fall it seems every other month. the tip of my shoe catches on the ground for some weird reason and I fall. I don't know how or why but it caught on the stairs yesterday but luckily I caught myself on the upper stair and all was okay. It has something to do with balance as we age. I just hope I don't end up like Kay did.I'm glad your food or you did not end up on the ground that is really embarrassing!-N

Anonymous said...

I truly believe that there was someone watching over you.

Kalin's Mommy said...

OMG, you never tell us that? I can just see it in slow motion!

K and S said...

I’m glad you didn’t fall even though your food spilled out onto your tray.

jalna said...

V, holy cow all the people you know that got hurt! I think I musta yelled because somebody said that they heard me. They either heard my voice or my stomping around on the floor.

LOL, Les.

Lance, funny!

Aunty, I think so too.

Chet, it's awesome that you're so active.

Thanks Susan.

N, me too. Mostly it's the change in floor heights that get me.

Anon, I did give a prayer of thanks the second I regained my balance.

No Mich, I never did get the chance to tell you guys.

Kat, the food spillage was so minor to me!