I tend to bruise easily. As in, brush up against a table – bruise. Barked a shin on the padded ottoman – bruise. Rattle my head on a low hanging shelf in the laundry room that your husband rounded the corners on so you wouldn’t put an eye out – bruise.
I also have a high pain tolerance so I don’t always realize when I’ve done something bruise worthy. When I do all these klutzy things, things that do eventually bruise, I also tend to forget them, completely. The only evidence is the black, blue, green and purple marks blooming on my arms, legs, hips, and forehead, and me without a clue how I injured myself.
So, this weekend while my husband and I were swapping a new GE refrigerator out with our 20-year-old KitchenAid (destined to live out the remainder of its days as a garage/beer fridge), the inevitable happened.
There was lots of moving of large things. Aside from the two fridges, I also had to move a bench out of my foyer. I just spun it around 270°, filling a good portion of my hallway, and creating a sort of obstacle course along with the vacuum cleaner, broom, and mop.
Of course, these new objects to navigate, even ones I place in the hallway myself, were too tempting and I ran dead-on into a corner of the bench. As I did it, I thought, “that’s gonna leave a mark.”
I knew it would bruise, and I knew I would forget where I got the bruise. I didn’t want to forget. I made a sign. It was actually just a blue Post-it note detailing how the emerging bruise was created then stuck it on my pant leg, wearing it around like a badge of honor.
For the first time in who knows how long, I was finally able to tell my MISTER the bench bit me when he asked where the dark blue bruise just above my right knee came from.
“Blessed are the forgetful, for they get the better even of their blunders.” Friedrich Nietzsche
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Using “forgetful” for inspiration, write 100 Words – 100 exactly – no more, no less. You can either use the word – or any form of the word – as one of your 100, or it can be implied. Include a link in your post back here, and add your story to the Mister Linky list. If you don’t have a blog, you can leave your submission in the comment section, or as a Facebook status post. Remember to keep spreading the love with supportive comments for your fellow Wordsters.