Thursday, June 9, 2022

Watch Out Odie

Hey Friends,

Surprise, this is Odie on a Thursday. You did not skip two days of your week. My parents have been traveling. They are doing good, but their cell and wifi signal is weak. Dad asked me to write an extra post this week.

Today I want to share a story from my memory bank. Wow, I just realized this story is 20 years old. My memory bank is old.😁 I thought I had already told you this story, but I could not find a record of it on the blog.

I find this story both embarrassing and hilarious. July 2002, It was time for camp at Central Oklahoma Youth Camp. We loaded up a group of young people from Wichita, Kansas and headed to Oklahoma. 

COYC started on Tuesday night. Monday, we toured downtown Oklahoma City. It was a fun filled day. We ate delicious Mexican food, rode a trolley car, took a boat ride on the canal in Bricktown and wrapped it up with a visit to the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial.

I was walking using armband crutches on this adventure. I was trying my best to keep up with the rest of the crew. At the memorial, we were walking on a set of ramps. I gave one of my crutches to my Mom to hold. I used a handrail and one crutch to walk. 

I  was able to walk with more speed and confidence. I was thrilled because I could finally keep up with everybody! Then the unexpected happened!! In true Odie fashion, I was not paying attention to my surroundings. The handrail suddenly ended and my face met the concrete. 

I am not a stranger to falling, but this fall shocked me. One moment I was cool. Then I face-planted; all of my coolness and confidence disappeared instantly. Thankfully I was not hurt physically, but my pride was wounded. The outcome could have been a lot worse. Now I just shake my head and laugh at myself!

Here are two things that I learned on that hot July day. 
1. Odie, always watch where you are going!
2. I will never be too cool to fall!
Actually, they are good reminders for every aspect of life.

You can click here to see a few pictures from an earlier visit to the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial. Click here to see some photos from COYC 2002.

Thanks for reading! I hope you have a wonderful day. I will see you Saturday for my regular post. 


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