I fell in the driveway the other day -- tripped on the curb at the end of the driveway and plummeted into the driveway. I hate it when that happens. I remember thinking exactly that ("I hate it when this happens") as my face was headed closer and closer to the ground.
It was very dark -- no moon -- and raining. I had my backpack (which was full and heavy) and my purse/bag (which is gigantic and heavy), and a grocery bag (which was full and awkward). In my left hand I was holding up my new purple umbrella. In my right hand I was holding my keys because I knew the door was locked.
The photo was taken the day after, and I have put vaseline on it because it kept drying up, and then it would hurt when I straightened my arm.
So I've been remembering previous encounters with curbs.
I do not have a good relationship with curbs.
I have had four (4!) encounters of the painful kind, tripping on curbs!!!! Does that happen to other people? (Leave a comment: Has this happened to you? Yes/No)
The first happened when I was 8 years old. One of the three (3) schools I attended in second grade (the middle school) had a "curb" in the playground, a couple feet from the outer fence, running parallel to the fence. I have no idea why it was there -- perhaps to let kids practice on a "balance beam"? It wasn't connected to anything. Anyway, I was walking on it and lost my balance and fell on my face. Busted my lip open.
My second curb accident happened when I was a grad student. I was crossing the street; it was late in the evening and was dark. I tripped on the curb and torqued my knee. It's never been the same since.
The third time, I was running around with the dogs. They didn't cause me to trip, but it was dark and I mis-judged the curb and went flat on my face again. Didn't bust my lip that time though, at least.
I hope that I have learned my lesson by now! I should just try to avoid curbs altogether.