Sunday, September 18, 2016

Little T-Rex Arm and Other Adventures

Kids have no idea how good they have it. Back in the day we got paddled at school, teachers had the last word all the time and parents didn't challenge them. If you messed up at school you got spanked at home too. You didn't see parents coming up to the school to fight with teachers about discipline. My parents were those kind who signed the paper that said that I could get paddled at school. I never did, but I had that fear and believe me, it kept me in line. Parents also didn't challenge doctors. Remember that? Doctors talked to us the way they wanted to and parents, at least mine, didn't argue.

When I was little I broke my left arm TWICE. Yes, once at the grocery store. The grocery cart turned over on me because I was hanging off the side. That time I had to wear a cast. The second time it was a small fracture and I just had to wear a sling. I broke it roller skating that time. And yes, I still learned how to roller skate after that and even used to "fast skate" when I was a teenager.

When I broke my arm the second time my mom took me to the same doctor who saw me the first time. I will never forget that visit. He told me point blank that if I broke my arm one more time that my arm would stop growing and that I would have a little arm for the rest of my life. I remember sitting in his office picturing myself as a grown woman and walking around with one short little girl arm. I have a vivid memory of me sitting up on the doctor examination bed and looking out the window at a cemetery while I thought about that. I often remember that story when I drive by that cemetery. The office building that used to be there was converted into indoor storage units.

I was telling my co-worker friend that random story and she asked me, "Like a T-Rex?"

"Yes, exactly," I laughed. A couple of days later she gave me the comic strip above.

"I saw this and I thought of you."

I laughed so hard. She always has a way of thinking about the exact movie quote or clip that will fit the situation and she makes us laugh so much.

We have a great team at work. We have all kinds of different personalities and just good people in general. It's nice to go somewhere like that each day.

I've been thinking a lot about creating my own #WIN. I've changed up a few things I've been doing and I feel like they've worked. I feel a different energy in me. A lot of good things are happening and I'm excited by the possibilities. I may be partnering with a new digital endeavor.

On the health/exercise note. I fell off the wagon with my exercise and I really need to get back on because I'm going to LA in 3 weeks, but most importantly for my health. I had my blood checked yesterday and when I went in today with my daughter for her physical my doctor said that it looked better than the last time and to keep doing what I was doing.  I'm still working on that #clarity #liberty and #healthy. I fail some days but I succeed others. I just need to keep on keeping on. It's all I can do.