When Max and I were at the park this afternoon, I spotted an elderly man walking across the common with two walking sticks.
An old bucket hat shaded his head as he looked down, eyes focussed on every tentative step and placement of his poles.
When he approached us, I caught his eye and commented on it being,
"A lovely evening for a stroll."
Evidently happy to have been engaged in conversation, he shared with me how after a raucous night of bridge he slipped off the wet curb on his way home and broke his hip. One big surgery and two months of recovery since, he is disappointed that his progress hasn't been faster and that,
"Walking is still a real struggle."
This was his second day of his tricky walk across the common and it was clearly a lot harder that he had anticipated.
"Well I think you're doing marvellously", I said.
"This is wonderful stuff for your recovery and regaining your strength and stability. I think you're doing great!"
I wish you could have seen how in a moment his posture and energy shifted.Read More