Yesterday, my dad fell off a ladder.
He is okay, but he fell off a ladder.
He was taking down Christmas decorations (some garland and other stuff from this way up high place in their house) and he missed a step coming down. As in, he missed the step that says do not stand here because he is short (like me, or I’m short like him, whichever way you want to put it) and so he was standing above the step that says do not stand here and actually standing on the very tippy top of the ladder where no one is supposed to stand ever, it’s actually just there for looks, and serves as a base for the ladder to open and look like a ladder. Yes, that step.
And don’t get me started on the ladder itself.
It’s the oldest thing in the world and looks like it could fall apart at any moment.
My dad doesn’t like it when I write about him so we all have to keep this story very very very quiet and not tell him that I wrote this post. And, seeing as how my mom reads my blog faithfully (she is a proud mom and actually tells dental hygienists about me – true story), I need a moment to tell her something. Excuse me.
annie ramos says
Oh man.. makes me teary! My dad is 72 and does stuff like this. It's terrifying! I can totally relate.
This hits so close to home. Sadly, my dad has been gone for over 3 years. It's the hardest loss I've ever faced. I'm so glad that your dad is OK, and I hope he's around for MANY more years.
Carolyn Kisloski says
((HUGS HUGS HUGS)) for your posts. Yes- I giggled and felt like I was right there with you worrying about your dad! <3 Happy New Year!
Carrie H says
Aw. Thanks for the story. That's how I felt last night when my sis called to say my Uncle had been in a farm accident. He is going to be OKAY, but he was life-watched from the farm and I was shook up because my family was shook up. Then I got on an emotional tear thinking about family. It is domino effect really. Ladder or no ladder. Don't take them for granted, that is true.
Live This Love says
The "You people" is killing me! That's such a dad phrase and mine says it all the time! I think it's because he was the only man among four females, and he can't get anyone's name right in the heat of the moment, so "You people" is his catch-all phrase.
Carol Polston says
Yep- you can always make me giggle/belly laugh (think about your Halloween story- which the subject matter isn't really funny- but I was crying because I was laughing so hard reading that post). I'm so glad you're dad is ok- that was a very scary experience!!!!
Patty Rutenbar says
Moral to the story…get your dad a new ladder that is very sturdy! My dad is 93 and he still does this because he knows he can!
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Patty Rutenbar says
It should read…on another thought…. Not nite!
Thanks for writing this. Christmas definitely highlights the "ladder effect". This is the second Christmas without my mom, and this year we were able to focus on all of our happy memories and the traditions we had as kids. Glad your dad is ok. Enjoy the rest of your holidays with your family!
It's always good to be given the reminder to cherish those around you, because time is way too short. My dad fell off a ladder (hanging an elk head on the wall…don't get me started…did I mention he has Parkinson's disease?…ugh…men) and shattered both heels and broke some ribs. After a couple of weeks in the hospital, he was moved to a nursing home/rehab center for another two months. He's doing great now (golfing with friends, as we speak), but he didn't learn from his mistake. Not one bit. He got up on a ladder again, so we took it away. Did that stop him, you ask? Nope. He pulled his car up to the outside of the barn and climbed up on the hood so he could get on the roof of the barn! Eek! In spite of his lack of judgement or common sense, I love that ol' guy and will go hug him right now. Thanks for the reminder.
Mel FromthePond says
I am so glad your dad is OK 🙂 I got teary reading the post, as just before Christmas my best friend almost lost her hubby die to a very similar situation. He has broken both his heels and will have a long recovery, but we are so blessed to have him with us still. It is my resolution to leave more blog comments this year! I wanted to say thank you for your wonderful posts. I love reading them and have told many fellow Australian teachers to find you too. Thanks for making my 2014 brighter with your very clever, entertaining posts! 🙂
Mel FromthePond says
eek – DUE not DIE!