The day I realized 40 year olds and acrobatics don’t mix
OK…so there I was in the giant gymnastic warehouse with our girls and a bunch of other kids flying off trampolines doing double back flips and all kinds of cool acrobatic maneuvers that my big bro and I used to do when we were kids…except without padding and foam-filled landing pits! We were just kids growing up in the late 70’s when a chimney and a come-along made a great zip-line and a empty swimming pool was the greatest roller coaster on the planet.
I explain how to do a back flip.
My daughter K does it.
My older brother J does it.
And 15 minutes later, I’m in the ER.
Needless to say, all that padding and all those spring-loaded devices in the gym got the best of me and next thing I know, I was dazed and blood was profusely coming out of some part of my face.
I am 40 years old and do have a lot more wisdom than I did back then — I knew I needed to go to the ER! In all humility, I want to say thank you for all of you who prayed for my wife and me as we sorted through the following days after my high-flying fiasco.
When all the blood was cleared away, only five stitches in my lip remained where my teeth made an exit. I spent the next few days with excruciating headaches, backaches and vomiting, but we are all happy to report that I am back up and running…no, make that walking…slowly and carefully with a new understanding of what my body can and cannot do…wisdom that my wife already knew that took the edge of a trampoline to teach me. Yep, that’s often the way it works in marriage.
Even in this unexpected detour on our trek, we are so honored to have seen and spent time with many of you. Your kindness and prayers have blessed us. Please continue to pray for us as we begin to make preparations to say goodbye and head back to work in Costa Rica. It is a very emotional time for all of us.
We start with New Student Orientation the next morning after we arrive home and I will be teaching the moral purity session the next day.