I had one of those 'only in a wheelchair' experiences today. We had to go out late this morning when the rain was pouring down, hard. Joe implored me to wear my poncho which is constructed much like a 'hefty' bag. It reminded me of those 'Back to School' sales where my mother would buy me 'hefty fit' pants from SAAN's. I agreed, for two reasons ... one, I wanted to be dry; two, I don't care any more. So I donned the poncho and we headed out. The rain was falling so hard that it actually hurt as it struck.
We had decided to go via subway and headed up to Bloor Street. Once in the mall and through the doors to the subway, there is a long switchback ramp down into the plaza where you enter the system. I headed down the ramp and suddenly I felt burning cold as the rain all, with the slant downwards, ran right down the poncho and onto my knees and legs. I was absolutely soaked. Completely and totally soaked. When, later, I took off the poncho it looked like I had gone wading in a knee deep pool. Who knew?
I hadn't been feeling well, being really tired from being up all night with a bug. That's a polite way of saying that I spent a lot of time admiring the decor of the bathroom. But that little moment, struck me as funny. Really, really, funny.
A sense of humour might be the most important thing that I have in my toolkit for surviving life. Little moments that make me giggle, give just enough leavening to make it all 'do-able' somehow. They never told us, when we were kids, the truth. Live is very hard. Choices are very much limited. And, of course, 'you can do anything if you put your mind to it' is crap. Learning to deal with what is, learning to cope with what isn't, learning to find a bit of hope in what will be - that's the stuff of living. And while there's a lot of stuffing, there's also a lot of laughing - approached right, life can hold as much laughter as it does loss.
So when I peeled off my poncho, my jeans, and my wet socks, I was glad that when I packed my bags from childhood, I remembered to bring 'play,' 'laughter,' and a sense of fun.
Here's to your wet knees!