A Day in the Life of Tay
For those of you who know me know I’m outgoing, kind, funny, and at times a bit clumsy. If you didn’t know some of those things, you’d just need to spend a day with me to find out.
I’m about to tell you about my most recent incident. This is in part to humor you and in part to give you wisdom from my experience.
So, it was a rainy day today, nothing out of the ordinary for this past month, and I went to a friend’s apartment to help her with a few things. Her apartment building is maybe 100m from mine, so I thought I would just slip on some flip flops. To be honest, I couldn’t be bothered to lace up my sneakers...it had nothing to do with me not wanting to get my shoes wet.
After about an hour and a half passed, I needed to come home to start dinner. I was exiting my friend’s building the same way that I had entered. But one thing was different. The entry stairs had very obviously been cleaned and the whole surface was soaking wet. It looked like they had taken a water hose and just sprayed everything down...that kind of wet. I thought to myself, “These shoes are the worst for trying to walk on wet, smooth concrete. Oh well, since I am aware of this I will be extra careful!”
Surely enough, I was extra careful. I was walking with my knees bent a little to keep from slipping as much. But you see, there was no railing, not even on the wall! So I take my first step to go down the stairs and, boom. Boom. Boom. Boom. Boom. I fell down about half a flight of stairs! In case you were wondering, I managed to not drop my phone or my keys, which were in either hand.
I got up as quickly as I could to ensure nobody saw what had happened. I was so embarrassed and was still trying to catch my breath. I wanted to ‘safely’ hurry home so I could examine if any visible damage had been done and to try to calm down. But as soon as I stepped outside, the kids who play in the apartment complex “courtyard” surrounded me and started asking me a bunch of questions in Serbian, as they always do.
I couldn’t help but dread the sight of them today. I halfway wondered if one of them saw what happened. As they were talking to me, I kept thinking, “I can’t usually understand what you are saying to me, much less when I’m trying to get my breath back!” Don’t get me wrong, they are the sweetest girls and I love that they want to interact with me, but I think you can understand where I am coming from. I did eventually catch my breath and was able to have more of a conversation with them afterward.
When I got home, I took some ibuprofen and sat on an ice pack. I was happy to lie down for a while after that. But when I got up, I could feel the soreness and stiffness that will come from this. So, I write this for your entertainment and in hopes that you will learn from my mistake: don’t wear flip flops when there is moisture on the ground. I had many options that I could have done to prevent what happened but unfortunately didn’t think about them until after it happened.
And please don’t worry about me. I am okay, I have some bumps, bruises, and a little bit of stiffness, and I learn from my mistakes. And trust me, I am laughing with you! :)