The Patella Lesson

Patella. It’s not a word you encounter often unless you’re an orthopedic surgeon since it refers to the kneecap. But it’s a word that conjures a specific memory for me.

I was five years old. A kindergartner at a school book fair.

Books, ya’ll. It probably surprises no one that I’ve always loved books. Before I even knew how to read, I used to stare at the pages of a book, fascinated by how adults were able to discern words from the symbols on the page. It seemed like magic to me. (more…)

She’s more

If you saw this woman at the Olympic games, what would you think?

Anna Sofia BothaAns Botha (Lloyd Burnard)

You’d probably think she was someone’s grandmother, right? And you wouldn’t be wrong. This 74-year-old woman is, in fact, a grandmother. Even a great-grandmother.

And that’s what officials saw as they turned her away from restricted areas, likely assuming she was confused, an elderly lady misdirected on the way to her seat. (more…)

underestimation

I should have known. I should have seen it coming. But I was misled, tricked by the cute little cars strung together.

I had underestimated it, snickered at the sign that told me to rest my head against the headrest back while the ride “launched” me.

Launched. Yeah right.

I rolled my eyes at the people on the ride in front of me who screamed as it took off. Dramatic much?

I thought it was going to be a fun, kiddish ride.

I was so very wrong. (more…)