If you are an up and coming boomer, you might have noticed you are not as sure of foot as you once were. Start looking for ways to improve your stability and balance. If everything fails, start looking for walls and chairs and most any inanimate object you can prop on or use for support. Other people can be pretty good props if they are not as feeble and shaky as you are.
If you drop something, don’t try to catch it unless it is extremely valuable and fragile.Trying to catch and object you have dropped can be very risky. If it is a knife, let it go and try to get your feet out of the way without falling over. I once caught a steel rod that was pointed on one end by just using the palm of my hand. That was 55 years ago and I can still see the scar.
Our old friend, Bubba Jack Johnson was still living at home when he was 65. Bubba’s Mama was a large woman we called Mama Jack. Mama Jack stood about six and a half feet tall and weighed just a shade over 400 pounds. I never knew Papa Jack. I understand that he was fairly small in stature and actually slept in the same bed as Mama Jack until they found him in a breathless state one morning. Mama Jack’s pounding on his chest in her attempts to jump start his heart, cut his chance of survival from slim to none. Death was attributed to COPD and I guess that’s a good description as any for what happens to you when a six foot, six inch, 400 pound woman falls into a deep sleep and rolls over on top of you.
Anyhow, Bubba was taking a shower one morning in the master bathroom. He liked showering there because it was roomy and it had a built in bench where you could sit if you got tired. While he was washing behind his sizable ears, he dropped the wash cloth. It slipped down the front of his chest and headed south for the shower floor. In his haste to retrieve the wash cloth, Bubba Jack threw his right hand down, grabbed for the cloth, got a hand full and snatched his hand back up with great force.
Unfortunately Bubba had grabbed a hand full of curly hair that grew so profusely around that area down there that is known as the nether region. When he snatched his hand back up, not only did he scalp his groin but his ass came with the hair and he threw his ass completely over his left shoulder. Firemen had to use two hydraulic jacks to pop his fanny back into place. A team of hair transplant surgeons reattached his pubic hair and it took four nurses to remove all those splinters from his buttocks that came from the boat paddle Mama Jack used to beat him with for tearing down her shower stall.
Just watch out for what you go grabbing in a hurry. It can get you in a lot of trouble.