"Hobbling badly, Lassie turned round in the shelter under the gorse. Then she let herself fall heavily to the ground. She curled herself up and lay silently, her eyes staring through the mass of stalks and tendrils toward the field where the first hint of dawn was showing. She could travel no farther. Instinct told her that. She must stay there.
When human beings are ill, they often make a show of their injuries and parade them so that others may see and give them sympathy. It is just the reverse with an animal living in its natural state. Asking no sympathy, deeming rather that weakness of any kind is something to be ashamed of, it crawls away into some hidden corner and there, alone, it awaits the outcome--either recovery or death." ~Eric Knight's Lassie Come Home
So here I am under the gorse, nursing a broken wrist which I acquired from one careless mistake when helping the hubby in his shop. Like Lassie I want no sympathy, but, when blogging friend Nook came looking, I thought I should crawl out from under the gorse long enough to let you know where I have been hiding.
I am doing well, perhaps somewhat like a one-armed paper hanger, but my wrist is improving a bit each day. I spend lots of time outside soaking up all the good old sunshine vitamin I can get. And I am eating lots of spinach! I am becoming quite the lefty, and think the gardens and beds have never been cleaner. That left hand, like a hungry goose, snatches up every tiny weed and blade of grass that dares to poke its head up. Now, I can't cut or sew (or tie my shoes) but I surely can do lots of planning in my head.
My mom always said that there never was an ill wind that didn't blow some good, so that's the way I am looking at this. I am seeing some good things coming from it, one of which is counting my blessings even though they are more than I can count. I am blessed to have two good feet and to be able to continue to walk our hillside trails every day. And, I am most blessed to have a wonderful family, and, yes, Millie, who, in great anxiousness and concern, was first over me when I fell.
If you haven't read Lassie Come Home, I think you would enjoy it. Back in my school teaching days, I loved this story, and the kids did too. Just inside the front cover is a list of other wonderful stories I would like to read while I am on this little self-imposed Sabbatical but, thankfully, this old wrist is healing fast so that I will soon be back in the trenches.
Please note: We do not have gorse shrubs here. It is a species of flowering plants native to the British Isles and Western Europe. Flowering gorse shrubs are important in nature since they provide shelter and food for many insects and birds. However, gorse is a tough, tenacious shrub that spreads quickly and can become invasive.
Take care and watch your feet, dear friends!