Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Let's Make a Deal!

Last Monday, Iris and I made a deal. She is working intense hours at her job, neglecting her health and emotional well being. I am stuck at home, four days post-surgery, and bored to tears. She has not been to Slimmons for quite a while; I am supposedly sidelined for quite a while into the future. So we decided that if I would show up to exercise class tonight, so would she.

Since we are both women of our word, we were both there. Watching exercise class from the outside is a weird experience. I had promised Richard that, if he didn't keep me from coming tonight, I would stay out of the way and be careful. Additionally, despite the fact that I am getting out and about, it's by sheer force of will. My knee and foot really do hurt. A lot.
So instead of sitting at the back of the classroom, I parked myself in a chair in the lobby and watched from afar. And admired my classmates.

The thing about Slimmons that is so magical is that it doesn't matter who you are. What you look like. What size clothing you wear. Everyone is beautiful; everyone fits in. When I see my classmates, I don't see their physical beings. I see them.

Of course I saw them leaving me in the dust tonight. It may be a while before I can join them again.
But another nice thing is that they involved me, even from my perch in the lobby. Michelle and Iris came out and made fun of me.
And I made fun of them.
Jan dancd beside and behind me.
Michelle threatened to drop a weight on my "other" foot... the one that has not been operated on.
And everyone had to suffer with push ups. Except me!

Despite my personal challenges, I am a lucky woman.

3 comments:

Claudia said...

Thanks for posting this Laura. It allows us mere mortals that don't live in LA to see what's going on at Slimmons. By the way, you are looking pretty fantastic post op. :)

hot tamale said...

I agree, you look so beautiful Laura. Take good care of yourself.
hugs
Becky

Ang said...

oh i'm so glad she was able to make it..i was crossing fingers and toes when you two were talking about it.

sorry your foot and knee are hurting bad..

I love the pictures..I sooooo miss Slimmons..BAD..I need and want to go back..BADDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

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