The other day, as I was walking through a mall in Converse shoes I sprained my ankle. That happens so often to me…but it never happened with such intensity.
It was so bad that for a sec of where I was and all I could see was just black in front of me. The place was crowded and I was thinking to myself..-.”there’s no way I’m gonna faint here”- so with little strength that I had left I managed to drag myself outside of the mall and I sat on the steps outside of the mall for a few seconds.
The next day my ankle was completely blue but that didn’t stop me from doing usual sport activities.
I believe that everything happens for a reason, even such a little and benevolent thing as ankle sprain…as I realised later on.
I did a few pilates trainings (currently I’m in a phase of looking for a pilates gym that suits me best) and managed to do all the activities without hurting my ankle even more. But jazz dance with all the jumps, twists and turns and stretching was more than my ankle could handle.
I survived the class but by the end of the class, my ankle was a wreck! It tripled in size….and wasn’t such a nice picture.
It was time for me to pay a visit to an old lady who knows how to put fractured or damaged bones back to its place!
It’s been four years since I visited her last.
I showed up without phoning first. The door of her house was open. She just made a waving sign with her hand to let me know to come inside. I entered her place and sat on the chair to wait for my turn, had no idea that I would leave the place richer in so many ways.
As the old lady was turning and maneuvering with my ankle, as she thought and felt was right, she was asking me questions, that as I later realised weren’t just plain ‘let’s-small-talk’ sort of questions.
Introductory question was job wise. She asked me whether I work or I am still a student. I told her I’m neither and that I am looking for a job.
Without further thinking and postponing what was obviously lingering on her mind she went straight to the point and asked if I would like to waitress in her son’s pub.
I told her I would have to think about it. But the old lady just ignored my answer and continued with her ideas.
She told me how high my salary would be and then out of the blue she started talking about her three sons and her amazingly handsome grandsons!!
She has two actually, as I came to realize later on without asking myself.
So, she was still holding firmly my ankle as her story was taking a completely new turn.
She was actually welcoming me in her family. She was praising her grandson and kept repeating how good-looking he is and how we would make a great couple.
‘He is a sailor’, she added as my ankle made a clicking sound,’and he will be home soon’.
It was all very funny to me and it help me get my thoughts away from the aching ankle. She put a bandage around my ankle and then poured rakija on top of everything and told me to stay away from doing sports for a few days.
Story about waitressing and getting hitched with her grandson was a just a small talk for me but granny was for real…!
I was about to leave the room when she pushed a pen and a piece of paper in my hand and told me write down my name and my phone number.
I obeyed without even thinking of making silly excuses.
She waved me goodbye and said that she would call me these days to come and meet her grandson.
Not only did I leave her house with a ‘fixed’ ankle but I also got a job and marriage offer…:)