A spectacular Fall,

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It has often be stated by doctors that hospitalizations of the elderly are for a large part due to falling. Well, this morning I seemed to have at a minimum reached the age of falling down. So far I never considered to even see myself as aged. True, I have often walked past an institution that is as British/Australian as an outdoor windblown dunny in the back-lane. And it is called The Senior Citizen’s Association or sometimes Club. It is so much senior that I always quickly walk past. The curtains are drawn solid and they are so grimly uninviting that one really would have reached the age of having lost the will to go on. I sometimes got a glean to the inside when someone dares to open a door and one sees little vases of plastic flowers akimbo laminex tables with splayed legs, so aged and forlorn looking that they are begging to be put out of their misery and strangled on the spot.

This morning was like most mornings. My newly acquired dog Bentley let it be known it was walk time after first tapping me on the bed to tell me to get up and not linger. I got dressed had the obligatory banana and cup of tea with milk and two sugars. He gets restless and this reaches its peak when I put my scarf, coat and hat on. When I get his lead he neatly sits down and allows me to slide it over his head but then bolts to the door, eager beaver that he is. We both bolt outside and at first will pull for hell and leather. He is besides himself and such a joy to behold. We strode out of our complex and started our walk which with him is at first the sniffing of both left and right nature grass strips of the latest dogs previous passing. Bentley has a kind of way that he lingers which makes me think he reads the latest happenings, a newspaper or editorial, left against trees, poles and grasses. He then replies and articulate that by lifting either left leg or right, sometimes both but not simultaneously. That would be impossible.

Anyway, is was after about a hundred meters or so of endless sniffing that some interesting smell or message pulled Bentley across from me while my attention was further ahead and not down to the terra firma at my feet. Bentley’s crossed my legs and his lead tangled my legs. I fell backwards unceremoniously without any further ado. Totally involuntary and without restraint. I haven’t fallen so spectacular since the 5th of Nov 1963 . (I remember it well, I was in Tirolerland, Austria, when skiing and meeting my future wife Helvi who wiped my bloodied face)

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I fell, not on snow this time but on an unforgiving concrete pathway. I remember cars coming to a halt but I was furious with Bentley, you f..c..ng rotten dog, who after all that love, treats and patting, tried to bolt. Quick as a flash I put my left leg forward and held it down on his leash. He knew the game was up and came to me, all apologetic and contrite. I managed to get up and held on to the leash and felt alright. No broken bones or bloodied face. A man across the road asked if I was alright which was nice of him. I said that I felt alright and continued my walk.

I am convinced that my time for the Senior Citizen’s club hasn’t arrived yet. We shall see!

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32 Responses to “A spectacular Fall,”

  1. popsiclesociety Says:

    That was an eventful morning! Luckily youโ€™re ok!

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  2. catterel Says:

    Oopsadaisy! Very glad you survived intact. I think the awful thing about falling down like that is how helpless you feel as it’s happening. Babies, children and even a lot of younger people somehow manage to relax as they fall and almost bounce back up, whereas when you’re older you’re so much stiffer and inflexible. And don’t you feel embarrassed and stupid? Even if you have a dog to blame or – as in my case – ice under the snow (https://catterel.wordpress.com/2017/01/05/angels-unawares/)
    you do feel like an idiot. Glad Bentley showed some sympathy, anyway, if not repentance!

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  3. algernon1 Says:

    Ah doggos, needing to read the wee mail moving hither and yon. Good to hear nothing serious with your fall. Kiki in her excitement of seeing another dog this morning did enough to give me a sore back. It will pass.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, Algy, That is their main aim, communicating with other dogs through lifting or squatting leaving messages all over the place.
      We could perhaps learn from that and be less concerned that it might be seen as lacking in etiquette.

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  4. Dora jahnes Says:

    Jeez Gerard…..close call. A flippy doggy door might come in handy when Bently can’t wait.
    Take care.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, Dora but this was on his walk. I have a flippy doggy door and he loves using it all the time to get to the garden.
      Anyway, I was rather chuffed I survived the fall, must have reasonable bones.


  5. doesitevenmatter3 Says:

    Oh, gosh! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I’m so sorry to hear about this, Gerard! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
    I’m so glad you are okay!
    A friend of mine says dogs are checking their P-Mail. (Pee-Mail! ๐Ÿ˜‰ )
    Please take it easy…and be careful today.
    I’m sure Bentley meant no harm…he was just being a dog who was doing his duty…sniff, pee, sniff, sniff, etc.
    (((HUGS))) for you ๐Ÿ™‚
    And, yes, some PATS and RUBS for Bentley

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, I am fine Carolyn, thank you.
      It is such a strange feeling when that happens. You get up, shower, have breakfast, and then take the dog for a walk.

      And all of a sudden you are sprawled over and on the footpath inches away from the concrete and this earth. It takes a startling comprehension and acknowledgement.

      Bentley is used being close to the ground and loves his communication with other dogs through peeing and sniffing, How sophisticated really, when you think about it, and so gentle.

      We have lost that art a long time ago, but it is never too late!

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  6. Julia Lund Says:

    Glad you came out of this relatively unscathed.

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  7. shoreacres Says:

    I well remember my last tumble. I cut across just the corner of a flower bed and didn’t notice that one of the sprinkler heads hadn’t retracted as it was supposed to. Down I went, hitting my head on the brick and concrete sidewalk. Isn’t it funny how quickly we can do the “inventory” after an event like that? Anything broken? Nope. Blood? No. Headache or blurred vision? Nuh-uh. Then, of course, the important question: did anyone see that? In my case, the answer was no, so I came back home and after about a half-hour decided life could proceed.

    I’m glad you were able to proceed, too!

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Ye, it was truly a strange experience, Linda.
      The mind goes in overdrive and races out of control. Bentley was going to run off but even though I fell backwards I managed to throw my leg forward to pin his lead.

      My anger was perhaps more due to that undignified and unexpected fall, sprawled out totally flat on the ground. It is not normal! Perhaps one needs to get rid of those kind of conventional ideas on how things look to others and why we should be concerned?
      Anyway, I was unhurt and did not bang my head on the concrete.

      Mind you, it happened right across a large medical center were the day before I had a Covid test done after a visit to my daughter in Sydney.

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  8. Robert Parker Says:

    What would you think about a walking stick? I use a light one, like a ski pole, when walking in the woods, and it seemed like an encumbrance for the first couple of times, and then it becomes 2nd nature. Yes, you’ve got one hand busy holding the leash, but when you start to tip over, you reflexively bang the stick down and it usually prevents a fall. Glad you’re still in one piece.

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  9. Beth Alisan Says:

    Gerard, your word imagery of “We both bolt outside” foreshadowed a fall in which you would bounce right back up and continue walking. It was with a sigh of relief that you are indeed okay and that Bentley did not make a grand escape. May Bentley’s newspaper reading outing tomorrow be uneventful.


  10. Harley Harwood Says:

    Good to hear that you are A-OK Gerard. Bentley looks innocent!!!!

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  11. freefall852 Says:

    Gerard, I like to imagine you in your younger days as a skilled ju-jitsu practitioner and very astute at shadow-boxing…and you used those long-learned accrued skills so it was fortunate that you knew how to “fall”.

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  12. Curt Mekemson Says:

    Ouch. Sounds like Bently could use one of those training collars that allows you to apply a small shock when doggy misbehaves, Gerard. Glad to hear you got up okay. โ€“Curt

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  13. gerard oosterman Says:

    Yes, Bentley likes to walk in front wavering from left to right as I suppose, a method of clearing the road of snakes or other dangers in front of me. But, then unexpected gets between my legs and I fall. Nothing broken though, a miracle!
    Thank you Curt.


  14. petspeopleandlife Says:

    Well the little devil. Dogs can surely trip a person if one is not paying paying close attention. I am glad that you are none the worse for wear. Walking the little dog can be a great outing and indeed gives one a certain source of satisfaction. I fear for my bones and my life each and every day that I hook a leash onto to little dogs that weigh about 13-16 pounds each. I am constantly on guard and fear falling. There would be no one to see me fall since I walk on my one acre which is not visible from the street. I make a habit of carrying my cell phone in my pocket. It would be hard for me to get up even though I weigh about 125 pounds, I just don’t have the leg strength that I did a mere three or four years ago.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, he sure did make me swear and people stopped their cars. Walking dogs must be a contributor t people ending up in hospital. My late wife broke both arms walking our dog Milo even though she tripped oved a edge and not the dog, Even so,,,
      Yes, i can still get up from the horizontal without any aids or help. I am so lucky.

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  15. Sandie Harvey Says:

    Gee Gerard. Fancy falling like that and even being able to get up. You must have a bullet head. Hope you get Bentley trained so he d I sent do that again. All the best dear friend

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  16. gerard oosterman Says:

    Thank you Sandie.
    I felt so good not having broken anything at at 81 years of age, I actually felt great after that fall. It made my day.


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