I am currently wearing my klutziness like a badge of honor in the form of an air cast on my ankle and a pair of crutches. I was on my way back to work after a lesson. Somehow, I thought that by walking closer to the crosswalk signal, I was willing it to change from that picture of the hand to the walking person, thus making me on time for my return to work. It was at this moment stepping forward with my eyes on that signal, that I misjudged the steepness of the curb, twisted my ankle, and fell. Did it hurt? Yes, but only for a moment. Once I started to pass out, it didn’t really bother me.
Let me help restore your faith in humanity Dear Reader, and say that as many as two people on the street approached me and offered me help. I was pleased to find that the Kitty Genovese phenomenon does not always hold water and that I was not dismissed as a raving, homeless lunatic with her head between her legs in the middle of Copley Square. With the help of some benevolent strangers I made it back to my office where I was well attended to. Nothing scares an HR department more than a call from the front desk that someone is “...um, kind of fainting”.
When it proved to be just a sprain after x-rays, we decided not to change our plans to visit the Cape this weekend, and I will tell you why. For one thing, why should the boyfriend miss out on his family summer fun plans? Secondly, and perhaps most importantly, we don’t have a couch yet in our new place. If we had stayed home, I would have been stuck keeping my leg elevated in bed all day. So off to the Cape with its many couches we went and Brendan’s mother admitted to really enjoying watching him wait on me every evening. I, for one was very grateful to his family. If I can’t go to the beach, sitting in a cozy armchair and watching TCM is a close second. We also had lunch in Provincetown one day, where one of the beautiful drag queens, (seriously, they all have better legs than I do), offered me a wheelchair and a front row seat at the show that night. While public humiliation has a unique appeal, I decided to take a pedicab back to the parking lot instead...
There are a few ironies regarding this particular fall. One is that I have lived at the very top of the very steep, and often very icy Mission Hill for years without major incident, and no sooner do I move than I am downtown and have a fall. The ultimate irony of this injury though, is that I was already signed up to sing “I Could Have Danced All Night” at an evening of Broadway melodies. The humor of my performance with a crutch was not lost on last night’s audience. I also sang the duet from Porgy and Bess. If you are familiar with the piece at all, you know that Porgy is supposed to be the cripple, not Bess. (Perhaps more importantly, it's not supposed to be sung by white people, but let's not quibble).
Well, if all goes well and my foot stops looking like Bilbo Baggins’, I will be off my remaining crutch in a day or two. If not, at least we are getting a couch delivered tonight.