For Thursday’s Writing Esstentials (ThuWE): The Challenge for Thursday June 7, 2012 is "A Fallen Traveler”. Write about a fallen traveler. It can be a specific traveler, how and why you stopped on your own journey to help, how and why you chose not to and instead walked on by. You can focus on the cost in helping or not helping and even consequences for helping or not helping.
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My Four-Wheeler Ride
Last week when I was returning from a lengthy stroll my granddaughter met me at the end of the yard on her four-wheeler.
“Hi Grandma. Wanta ride?” she asked.
“Yep, I sure do” I replied.
This was easier said than done. I stepped on the small fender of the four-wheeler and tried my best to throw my leg over the seat behind her all to no avail. My old bones and short leg just wouldn’t throw – (awhahahaha). Okay, okay – not to be defeated I told her that I would sit on the back with my legs hanging over the end of the four-wheeler. She said she would drive real slow so I wouldn’t bounce off. I didn’t bounce off, but as the four-wheeler began to move forward the fiberglass panel at the back began to vibrate and I started sliding off …. Yikes! I decided that the best thing to do was to just step off because I didn't want to fall off and she was going very slow. I stepped down and instead of standing on my two feet my old body fell backwards – plop – flat on my back. As I was going down my mind raced in split second thoughts along the line of “Oh, this is going to hurt!” First my bottom hit then my back and then my head (all in slow motion or so it seemed). NO pain! NO hurt! Amazing! It was almost like falling back on a mattress, absolutely amazing! I started laughing as my little granddaughter stopped and hopped off with fear and concern in her eyes for my predicament..
“Grandma, Grandma! Are you okay?” she screamed with concern.
“Yep, I’m okay and it didn’t hurt. Let’s try this again.” I said.
She wasn’t too sure that this was a good idea but she’s a good little girl and didn’t want to disobey her Grandma. This time I told her to let me get on first and then for her to get on in front of me. This plan worked great and she drove me to my front door (about 50 yards away) without any problem. Woo Hoo!
I thought that I might end up sore the next day from the fall but to my amazement I have not had any extra aches or pains from the fall (I’m old so there are always some aches and pains just from being old).
Yesterday when I was walking to the mailbox my granddaughter was getting ready to ride her four-wheeler again and she looked at me with the most mischievous twinkle in her eye and asked “Wanta ride Grandma?” I laughed out loud as I walked the rest of the way to the mailbox.
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