I know I’m getting up in age and I used to laugh about the old television commercial where the elderly woman falls and says, “Help. I’ve fallen and can’t get up.”
I really didn’t mean to laugh, but, like many commercials nowadays, it was comical. Now, I am not so sure on that one.
I fell two Sunday nights ago in a darkened portion outside of the Ansonia American Legion. Thank goodness, no one was around to see it. I was embarrassed and a little frightened.
I knew there was a sidewalk there but apparently misjudged the distance and, the next thing I knew, I fell directly on my bad knee and most of all remember hitting my nose, and feeling blood coming from it. Then when I reached for this thing that was coming from out of the building and pulled myself up, I think I did something to my right arm…the one I use.
Or maybe the arm was damaged in the fall. Who knows? Who cares!
But, unlike that aged lady on the commercials, I could get up.
And as soon as I did, I headed back to my car and went back home. I didn’t want to go inside the Legion, because I wasn’t really sure what I looked like. I was scared somewhat and surprised I didn’t break my glasses.
I returned to the Legion a little bit later, after I went home, and straightened myself up. I cleaned up the blood, checked out my knee and started moving my arm around in circles to make sure I didn’t break anything.
Several hours later, the pain started in the arm.
And, no I was not drinking, like some people have insinuated. I value the only kidney I have left to do something like imbibing alcohol.
My arm still hurts a little bit and each day since another tiny pain reminds me of what happened two weeks ago. I’m not young anymore. Those days are over.
As of this writing, I have not had it checked out, hoping that it’s only a bruise on the inside that needs time to heal. But if it continues, I guess I’ll have to break down and get it checked out.
Remember when you think in your mind that you shouldn’t have done something in hindsight? I think I should have stayed home that Sunday night. That’s a given.
• The Leyden Guenther Benefit will be held Dec. 4 from 4 p.m. to midnight at the old American Legion behind 318 Pearl St. in Union City, Indiana. The all-ages event and dinner will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Pre-sale dinner tickets are available until Nov. 13 at a cost of $10 for couples, $6 for individuals, $3 for children 6 to 12 years of age and free for those 5 and under. The meal will be a pulled pork dinner with choice of green beans or baked beans, coleslaw, roll and non-alcoholic beverage. A deejay will be performing from 8 to 11:30 p.m. for the adult crowd. There will also be raffle baskets and auctions as well as a t-shirt sale at $10 each.
• The Ansonia Breakfast with Santa will be Dec. 5 from 9 to 11 a.m. Santa will arrive at 9:30. Breakfast will consist of pancakes, eggs, sausage and a drink at the Ansonia American Legion. Public is welcome. It is sponsored by the Ansonia Community Celebrations Committee. Linda Leeper will entertain. There is no charge, but donations will be accepted.
• Upcoming events at the Ansonia American Legion: Next fish fry will be Dec. 4 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. and the next steak fry from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 12.
• There will be a sing-in at the Rose Hill Country Church at 4 p.m. Dec. 13. The church is located on McFeeley-Petry Road, just west off State Route 49-North.
• Dec. 3 to Evelyn Riffell Sebring and Pat McMaken.
• Dec. 4 to Jeff Stump, Nicole Woodworth, Randy Garrison, Margaret Baumgardner, Mike Dohme and LeighAnna Miller.
• Dec. 5 to John Riffle “Buddy” Jr., Brad Birt, Jeff C. Peters, Kolin Sanders, Eric Widener, Paul Schlechty and Jim Hesson (55).
• Dec. 6 to Deidre Cothran Stammen.
• Dec. 7 to Judy Collins, Roger Riffell (55), Zach Mann, Otis Mead, Bernadette Siekman and Sharon Warren.
• Dec. 8 to Tina Hilderbrand, Patty Skillman Riegle, Nick McEowen, Abbie Worthen and Lester Linebaugh.
• Dec. 9 to Andy Couchot, Jody Christman, Jackie Oliver Kimmel, Daryl Locke, Tara Thomas and Georgia Young.
Happy anniversary to:Jim and Jane Henby on Dec. 3; and Larry and Karen Duncan and Vicky and Gary Henderson, all on Dec. 4.
Happy belated anniversary to Mike and Vickie (Turner) Doyle (50 years) on Nov. 24.
Don’t forget to pray for: Stacy Dorko, Tim Ridenour, Phil Clark, Sonny Hunt, Kenny Chancy, Jim Marker, Roger McEowen, Terry Longfellow, Bill Drew, Don and Linda Myers, Nina McDaniel, Rick Moody, John Clack, Rusty Wilson, Lee Moody (our father), Linda Johnston, Ron Kreitzer, Pappy Harshman, Gerald Rhoades, Harold Rismiller, Rick Jones, Albert Duncan, Delores Duncan, Ansonia Police Chief Frank Shapiro, Randy Heck, John Klipstine, Greg Moody, Elsie Svajda, Dave Sherman, Sue Chitty, Phil Chilcoat, Christine Pipenger, Paul Barton, Terry Ungericht, Gracyn Blackburn, Jim Moody, Lowell Arnold, Joe and Wanda Bailey, Robert Codling, Kohen Thwaits, J.C. and D’Arleen Waymire, Deanna Jones, William DeBord, Dave Starline, Bob Hiestand Jr., Kathy and Tom Hamilton, Joanne Sharp, Larry Bemis, Ivan Miller, Cindy Elson, Cary Van De Grift, Dina Dancer Morris, Teresa Mayo Amspaugh, Jim Crotcher, Tina Kiser Deaton, Alvera Schmitz, Jerrod Pratt, Vicky Henderson, Julia Frey, Tonia Thompson, Fred Monnin, Thelma Shade, Bob Coppock, Stephen “Brownie” Brown.
Also, Nate Epperson, Brad Pipenger, Faye Schlecty, Michelle Sparks Reed, Bill Beasley, Steve Cunningham, Kody Ketring, Bob and Sandy Finkbine, Kevin Dickey, Joe Martin, Tracy Bailey, Brenda Grimes, Margaret “Peg” Bundy, Kevin Hemmerich, Ray Dickey Jr., Penny Starns, Tim Heck, Vanna (Hannam) Abbott, Suzy Heck Schilling, Addie Henderson, Barb Morrow Zimmerman, Samantha Smith, Shannon Peters Hall, Todd Walls, Ron Kramer, Melissa “Missy” Helmer, Susie Gress of Nebraska, Dana Holzapfel, Kara Didier, Carla Welch, Bill Schuette and to all those others who suffer from the many debilitating diseases. And, God bless all of our military people serving and protecting this nation.
Jamie and I send our condolences to the families of: Patti Wyan, Pat Pottkotter, Mildred Hardy and Doug Sleppy.
Think about it: A prayer seen on Facebook: “Dear God, I bow my head and ask if it is your will please save this land from those who seek to destroy it. Amen.” — Unknown
Linda Moody is a staff writer for The Daily Advocate. Her column appears every Sunday. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.