You are Young for This, But….

There are certain words you never really want to hear.

Got a minute?” Usually followed by a very long, often negative, one sided conversation.

No real problem, but..” This comment often precedes something that will be a very big problem indeed.

Hold on! I can beat the train to the crossing!” I think this one is self-explanatory.

Who’s ever going to find out?” Everyone of course, and far sooner than you would have ever believed possible.

“Sit down for a minute.” Sometimes precedes a conversation detailing an approximation of how many minutes you have left in a relationship, your job, or perhaps even your life.

And finally, but not exclusively, one of my least favorite things to hear from a doctor, “You are really young for this but…. fill in the blank with something painful and expensive.

After my first (certainly not my last) knee x-ray ever I discovered the following:

1. At some point in time I at the least,  partially tore the medial collateral ligament in my left knee.

2. At the same point in time I “completely tore’ the patellar tendon in the same knee.

You think I might have noticed those events at the time, but evidently not. Since then I have ran, skied, and biked thousands of miles, including a marathon, a hundred mile bike ride, etc. I have walked the floor with three children (started getting carried away there but you get the point.) I successfully did my part in defending America from the ‘godless communists’ and a few other hostile people I had never met socially, but now, although “you are young for it” I am looking forward to having the knee God gave me replaced with some shiny titanium.

I didn’t share my bad news with the doctor because he looked too young to hear it but he was looking at my GOOD knee! I can only suppose the other one is also old in spite of being so young.

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About Edward

Dishwasher, bartender, cook, house painter, movie usher, Marine helicopter pilot, teacher, administrator, teacher again, retired teacher, Secular Franciscan, Lay Ecclesial Minister- it's been an interesting ride.
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