Remember all those silly Valentine’s Day cards and candy you shared with your friends in school? Since friends often come to mind on this day, I decided to share this humorous post as my Valentine to you.
Before you read this, it may help to remember my dear friend, Annie and I have different forms of cancer. You can read the first installment of Annie’s story in an earlier blog post: https://suzanklassen.com/2022/01/10/who-will-grieve-you/
Annie and I maneuvered through the clinic. She with her cane in her right hand and I with mine in my left. I offered her my right arm for extra support.
Together we locked arms in the middle and stumped from one end of the large building to the other. People stared as if they did not know if they should leave us alone or offer help.
I did not want anyone to try. I plastered a smile on my face. If I smiled big enough, maybe they would keep their distance.
We were holding each other up. If anyone interfered, it might create a disaster.
What a comical sight we must have been. Sort of like a crippled sack race without the sack.
Annie chastised me. “We could go faster.”
Maybe she could move faster with my help, but I already felt stressed to my physical limit. If we wobbled too fast, I was afraid we would both fall. That was the last thing I wanted to do.
I knew I could eventually get to my feet. But there was no way I could lift her. And there we would be—flailing on the floor like two beached fish.
Can you say, embarrassing?
I had experienced an event like that before.
One day at her house, Annie was determined to use her vacuum. I knew better than to interfere. Unknown to me, she got down on her knees to change the bag afterwards.
I rolled my walker around the corner. Annie clung for dear life to the handle of her upright vacuum.
“I couldn’t get back up.” She apologized. “I’ve always been able to do it before. But this time, I couldn’t.”
No, duh. Because of her brain cancer, she sometimes forgets what she can do. It pays to keep a sense of humor.
I tried, believe me, I tried to help her up that time. No deal. I called for my husband. He easily lifted her.
However, today he was not with us at the clinic. So if she fell here, it could be disastrous. Given my humorous perspective, I chuckled.
Annie turned accusing eyes on me. “What are you laughing at?”
I am often accused of telling myself a joke I never heard before. “Nothing.” I lied.
We eventually finished all Annie’s appointments and left. Disaster avoided. We were not exactly like the blind leading the blind. We were more like two bruised reeds holding each other up—the semi-lame bolstering the semi-lame.
I was glad to spend time with my dear friend, Annie. We have often shared Valentine’s Day fun. The Bible encourages love of friends. Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love, does not know God, because God is love. I John 4:7
Your friends need Valentines, too. Perhaps you could do something together. I do not necessarily encourage wobbling on canes. But you could call them and share a laugh over the Antics of Annie and the Stunts of Suzan. Either way, enjoy the day.
Feel free to send your friends my blog to follow, https://suzanklassen.com/2022/02/14/comical-sight/
Need more humor? Try my book, Grandma Brain, available in ebook and paperback.
Until next time . . . Travel Light,
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