This is going to be a rambling blog post. ‘Tis time to tell a story, one that answers why I briefly stopped commenting on blogs, in case you were wondering. And even if you weren’t wondering, here’s the story.
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FACT #1 – About 10 years ago I was in a car accident. A 17 y.o. neighbor girl child rear ended me as I turned into our driveway. She was texting instead of paying attention to driving.
As a result of the accident I suffered a rotator cuff injury that, after drugs and a few months of physical therapy, healed with no lasting damage, until two weeks ago.
FACT #2 – Over the years because I didn’t know how to say “NO” I’ve inherited more stuff than you can imagine. Among said stuff is furniture that is old, usable, but not really worthy of an auction. More like vintage, slightly distressed furniture that you’d find at a flea market.
FACT #3 – In August Zen-Den and I decided to contact St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store to see if they still offered free furniture pickup for donations.
The answer was a qualified “YES” in that they’ll pick up furniture that you’ve managed to wrestle to the garage, but they’ll no longer come into your house to carry the furniture out.
FACT #4 – We live in a house on a wooded ravine lot with a walkout basement. This means that to get furniture from the basement, where it is stored, to the garage, where St. V de P will pick it up, is literally an uphill challenge.
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In a moment of middle-aged bravado…
Z-D and I said to ourselves WE CAN MOVE THE FURNITURE from the basement, up the side of the hill, to the garage. And thus we convinced ourselves that we, and by we I mean me, weren’t weak and pathetic and pre-old.
While many pieces of furniture were easily managed because they were small, think end tables or mirrors, other pieces of furniture were awkward to carry. For instance, there was a large old oak rocking chair, but most notably THERE WAS AN OLD 5’x2’x1.5′ CEDAR CHEST that had been my mother’s hope chest as a girl.
Amazingly we got the rocker up the hill without incident, but THE CEDAR CHEST WAS ALMOST NIGH-ON IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME TO BALANCE as we trudged up the hill. It is while carrying this cedar chest and not dropping it that I slipped on the grass on the hill and wrenched my previously injured shoulder.
I instantly knew what had happened, but continued to carry my end of the cedar chest into the garage BECAUSE DAGNABBIT I WAS GOING TO HELP.
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Well, the rest of this story…
is exactly what you’d expect. MY SHOULDER HURT LIKE HELL for a few days; I started alternating ice and heat on it while taking Advil. I stopped using my arm as much as possible, including reaching out to type on a keyboard.
And now, after about 10 days of TLC, I’m almost back to normal. There are twinges, but no shooting pain.
As for our donation to the St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Store, it went smoothly. The men arrived as scheduled, were pleasant, took all that we offered them, and ultimately OUR BASEMENT IS MUCH EMPTIER/BETTER because of it.
I’ll heal, but being charmingly cynical by nature I cannot help but think of the old saying: no act of kindness goes unpunished. I’m glad we donated the furniture, but did I have to get hurt in the process?
Apparently the answer is YES.
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FYI: Yesterday morning I found this informative + fun article on NPR: Lift Your Head and Lower Your Arms– You Might Just Feel Better
I’ve done what it suggests and today I’m grooving on proper posture, finding it less painful/easier to type. When the student is ready the teacher arrives, eh?