That MUST have been it.
Yesterday, my daughter and two of my grandchildren, and I, went on a little day trip. I had worked at the studio all morning, and she had taken my grandson to get his braces. So we all needed a little R & R.
I told her I would take them to this great place, on Lake George, called Shelving Rock.
In 1902, George Knapp, co-founder of the Union Carbide Corporation, built his estate on a ledge of Shelving Rock overlooking the lake.
By 1941, New York State had acquired 4300 acres of the Knapp estate, and it became public land.
There are old carriage roads all along the shoreline, and up into the woods. This is where we were headed. The lake is shallow here, so boats moor here, for the swimming.
There is nothing more calming, than a stroll through the woods.
So take a walk with me, and see how sweet the Adirondacks are, on a cool summer day. You'll need this sense of peace and quiet, for the end of my story.
And this is where the serenity of this day comes to a screeching halt. After I snapped this picture, I took my camera off my neck, folded my towel up, and set the camera on the towel, away from the water. I then took ONE fateful step into the water. It looked like sand. But apparently, there was slippery rock underneath. I only remember the world turning upside down, my back slamming down on the flat rock, my head snapping back and the pain of my head hitting the rock harder than I would have imagined possible. The rest is a blur. Blood running down my back, down my arm, being wet, and dirty, and very shaky.
Somehow, my daughter got me to my feet, to give her credit.....against her wishes. She wanted to hail down a boat, to take me across the lake.
But NOOOOO, not me. I said we walk out.
She was hesitant, but I was determined. We walked slow. She told me afterwards, that I was a bit 'confused', not exactly myself. I don't really remember. I do know that though it took us 2 hours of walking to get where we were, she picked the path that was only 15 minutes from the road, where I sat on a rock with the kids, while she jogged back out to get the car.
While we waited, me trying to stay conscious, Ava said...........
"I didn't know that was going to happen."
And I remember saying something about when accidents happen, they are usually a surprise........well, always really.
She said, " I like surprises, but I like the ones that come with presents, not surprises like THIS."
I shakily concurred.
Daughter arrives with car, and we drive the 12 miles or so out of the woods, and then another 15 minutes to the Emergency Room.
Where they promptly slapped a cervical collar on me.
Let me just say that I have never had such a headache as that one.
Five hours later, DH and I left the ER. All xrays negative. C spine cleared (thank God) and elbow sutured up. A little concussion. Nothing that will kill me.
Came home, ate and went to bed. Exhausted, in pain, hazy still.
So much for simple.
Ava said, " I hate days like this."
Today, I didn't do so much.........one thing I was sure to do, and that was to BE GRATEFUL.
It could have been so much worse.
My daughter called this morning, and I heard my husband say......she's out looking for the truck.....?????
Then he added, " The truck that ran her over."
Funny guy, he is.