Wednesday, February 22, 2012


I am a klutz. I admit it. I tend to trip or run into things mainly because I am so easily distracted by more interesting ideas, people and things. Yesterday was a big one. I was walking from my car into school. It's a trip of no more than 100 feet and one I have made daily for more than ten years. I had my laptop in its case, my bag with my sneakers and lunch and my purse. I don't know how or why, but one minute I was up, the next I was face down on the ground. I have (perhaps) a broken nose, two black eyes and a headache to beat the band. I didn't teach yesterday, I did today. I let my injuries be a springboard for my kids' warmups. I asked them what they thought had happened, if it was ninjas, my secret full contact karate sparring group or....? The answers were amusing and I would laugh more if it didn't hurt so much. And now to add insult to injury, I have misplaced my cell phone. I was forced to do a mass email to the entire staff hoping that somehow it would turn up. The phone could be replaced, but photos of my grandson could not. The upside may be that since I was on school property on my way into the building, workman's comp may cover at least some of the bills. That's good since rhinoplasty is expensive to say the least.

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