Welcome to the Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where Anu, Ashok, Conrad, Delirious, gaelikaa, Grannymar, Ramana and I write on the same topic. Please do visit the linked blogs to get different views of the prism, colours of the same topic. Today’s topic has been chosen by Gaelikka.
I never had stability—I mean the physical dimension as it were. In Tamizh we have a description, “Pull thadiki, payilvaan” which translates as “The strong/muscleman who trips over a blade of grass”. Well that describes me to a T. I look like a female wrestler all right, but my stability is extremely suspect.
As a kid I used to trip over, you got it right, on blades of grass, would split my chin and go off to a family doctor to get it sutured. I must have done this as at least five times and after the final episode, the doctor refused to stitch me up. I still have a scar that features even in my passport.
As a grown up too I have sprawled on roads, bathrooms, tripped over fan wires and over a carpet too. But…..no more stitches under the chin….elsewhere, don’t even ask…I am like a patchwork quilt!
We used to describe my mother’s gait as a ship in full sail crossing the room….affectionately, but with a bit of mockery thrown in. She had bow legs and was short, heavy and developed bad knees. Today her four off spring—three boys and yours truly, walk in an identical manner. We have the height but also have the bad knees and roll across the floor like ‘a ship in full sail’. In fact my second brother has her bow legs too and all of us have arguments with the weighing machine and mistrust its veracity.
They say once you ride a bicycle, you never forget that sense of balance. There was a time when i used to go to school on a bicycle. A few years ago blindly believing this promise of stability, I got on to a bicycle and……sprawled all over the gravel…no balance, no stability!!
However, I have led an incredibly stable life only having moved house, for myself (not keeping count of pre-marriage moves which are simply innumerable) about 20 times and another 8 to 9 times helping my kids do so in different cities and countries!!. The stability is in my rock solid marriage, my family and friend ties, in attitudes and beliefs that have grown only stronger over the years.