Friday, July 22, 2011

Thanks, Kind Strangers!

Last night after work I was walking down East 78th Street on my way to exercise therapy. There might have been a break in the sidewalk or I may have been distracted by a passerby or the flowers surrounding the tree. More likely I veered to avoid walking into someone and lost my balance, falling over the metal edge of the box holding flowers around a tree. Down I went into the flowers. There I was, practically face down on East 78th Street. My hand flew out and I landed on my right side.

The actual site of my fall is more tree lined and there were many more people on the side walk. 
These metal edgings are on almost every residential street in Manhattan. 

Before I could even try to get myself up two people ran over to me. One was a woman walking down the street and the other was the doorman of the building near the tree. They helped me up and asked how I was feeling and if I needed any more assistance. My hand felt stiff and my leg hurt, but I wasn't bleeding and I could move my fingers. I decided to skip exercise and made my way home for an evening with an ice pack. 

I'm a little sore today, but have only a faint purple bruise on my thigh. No twisted ankle, no broken bones! I'm very grateful for my well-being -- thanks to my mother's urging to drink milk and the tons of Vitamin D I've been taking -- and the kindness of strangers. Most people don't think of New York as a kind place, but I've found New Yorkers to be kind and thoughtful, even willing to pull a stranger out of a flower bed. 

8 comments:

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

What a blessing to have some help in a situation like that. I'm glad you are ok and you didn't break anything. Have a fantastic Friday!

Betty Rubble said...

Thank heavens! I was waiting for you to tell me it was much worse! Glad people were there to help you out!

Jess said...

Oh, I'm so glad you weren't hurt! The mere likelihood of eventually taking a spill in NYC definitely relies on the kindness of strangers. Glad it worked out in your favor.

LDH said...

Oh, dear Buttercup... so happy to hear you are okay! These things happen in an instant. Nice New Yorker's hurried to your assistance :)

Country Dreaming said...

That is one way to stop and smell the flowers!!! :) Glad to hear that you are ok and that there are kind people atill around to help.

Take it easy!!

Mleinda

Marydon said...

Oh, Melinda is so cute! Wish I'd have thought of that. So grateful you are not seriously injured, sweet friend.

Happy PS weekend ~
TTFN ~
Hugs,
Marydon

Mildred said...

So sorry to hear of your fall. I'm thankful for the kindness of those who assisted you. Take good care of yourself.

Lynda said...

OUCH!!! Remember the third day can be your sorest - - so no matter how you feel tomorrow, it should get better after that. Praise God for nothing broken or needing stitches.