I am constantly falling over or tripping up in public.
It’s embarrassing. It’s humiliating. And I’m always that mortified that I just want the earth to open up and swallow me whole.
Yesterday on my way home from work, I stopped into Coles to grab some stuff for dinner. On my way through the crowded fresh fruit section, I slipped on something, tried to right myself by grabbing onto the nearest thing which was an almost-empty trolley that just rammed into me as I spectacularly plunged into the floor; one leg behind me at awkward angle while the other was stopped with full force by my knee. My bag went skidding under the avocados. My dignity went with it.
An employee rushed over, grabbing one hand to help me up and the lady who’s trolley I had just accosted, grabbed the other. Everyone else just looked on in awkward silence. I looked down at the floor to see what caused the slippage and immediately found the culprit; two fat green grapes that were now oozing on my leg and squished into the back of my cream-coloured dress.
Even though my knee was screaming in agony and I could feel my back starting to hurt, I dismissed their “are you OK”s and fled (well, hurriedly exited while still trying to look calm and collected) the grocery store and went straight to the car without a single purchase. Once in the car I burst into tears.
My knee is a little swollen and missing the top layer of skin and my back is threatening to flare up in anger, but mostly my ego is bruised.
I don’t understand why I’m the only person I ever see falling over in public. Surely there are other people who are as
clumsy unfortunate as me?