|Life is Good
“Grammie! Watch me!” I’d looked up from my book to see what five-year-old Teddy was going to do.
As I caught sight of the situation, our conversation of two days before flashed through my head. Life suddenly started moving in slow motion. I yelled his name as I flew out of my chair.
“Grammie,” he’d said then, “do you think I could run and jump over the stream?”
“I don’t think you can yet, but when you get stronger maybe. That’s a big gap. You’d have to get your legs in shape.”
“How do you do that?”
“Well you practice running for your muscles. And you can start jumping over smaller things till you get big enough and strong enough to try the stream.” I thought I was being encouraging, you know, rather than just saying no. Besides, I honestly thought he’d forget all about it.
The stream wasn’t that wide. But it was low right now, and the edges were covered in rocks that would normally be underwater. If he missed, he would land on those rocks. He could really get hurt.
He was closer than I was, but I had longer legs. I practically flew across the yard, yelling “No!” In his excitement, he couldn’t even hear me.
I closed in on him just as he made it to the edge and jumped. Reaching out, I jumped with him, catching him under his arms and flinging him up ahead of me, so he’d clear the stream. He did!
Unfortunately, I didn’t.
I am pleased to say, I didn’t break any bones! The skin took quite a hit though. I’ll should be back to normal in a few months.
In the meantime, it’s almost Halloween. Teddy’s wants to bring me as his mad scientist’s monster!
Life is certainly good.