Thursday, October 23, 2008
Freedom and Celebration
First I want to thank Beth at Nutwood Junction for supplying the wine...oops, I mean the picture of the wine and wine glass. I snagged it from her blog. Thanks, Beth!! (sip) The latest pictures on the side bar represent my state of mind after knee surgery: freedom and celebration. I feel like a 19 year old again. No pain and raring to go. But my 61 yo (soon to be 62 on Nov 1st) body just doesn't want to hear it! So call me 39. That's OK. I am pain free...reason enough to celebrate. Today I took Sheba for our usual 2.5 mile walk around a beautiful wooded nature trail which surrounds Haverford College (Bryn Mawr, PA). The leaves have turned and the view is spectacular. The Canada Geese must have gotten the report that I was home and raring to go because they honked and flapped their wings rhythmically as if in salute to my coming. They even got up into a flight formation and flew around the pond for a moment. I swear it was in recognition of my homecoming!! (giggle) Even Sheba felt the change. She was energetic and wanting to chase anything that looked suspicious. THAT was how I tore my meniscus. She was leashed, but acted as if she were free...and boom! off she went in one direction, I in the opposite direction, and the rest is history. So I was careful and paid close attention to Sheba. I kept her leash tight, but not too tight. When we got to the open field, I took off the leash and let her run. She ran like the wind. I could feel myself running with her. It was exhilarating! Watching her, that is. When we got home, I continued my celebration with 10 leg lifts and arm rolls, lots of stretching exercises, and walked a flight of stairs 6 times. I rode my stationary bike for 10 minutes, too. I blew it all with an egg sandwich for lunch. But that's OK. I got up. I got out. I exercised. This is something I couldn't do for the past year and a half. It felt like freedom.