Saturday, May 26, 2007

Simple Fractures


[For the Sunday Scribblings prompt of "simple," a tale of a man. A tale told simply. Read others' take on "simple" here.]

At my one-month check-up with the pediatrician – so my mother says – my fractured collar bone was discovered. “It’s not unusual to happen during birth,” my doctor said. “And it will heal as if nothing ever occurred. A simple fracture. Nothing for you to worry about.”

When I was 3 – again, so my mother says – I stumbled down the stairs in my grandmother’s house. True to form, I had been looking behind when I should have been looking forward. And down the stairs I hurled. “A simple fracture,” the emergency room doctor noted. “He’s so young that he’ll heal good as new. I’d be surprised if he ever suffers any ill effects from it.”

When I was 8, I showed my best friend how easily I could swing from monkey bar to monkey bar. He was unimpressed. So I showed him how I could do it with my eyes closed. That would have been much more impressive, had I not fallen and landed, awkwardly and with a loud crack, on my wrist. Looking from the X-ray to my mother and me, the emergency room doctor – not the same one as before, my mother says – said, “You’ve got a clean break here. A simple fracture. He’ll be playing baseball again in no time.”

All of my accidents, all of my mishaps, all of my spills could all be summed up easily, simply, with one word: simple. Not just the fractures, either. Up until very recently, my life had been simple in the barest sense of the word. I’ve never had to work hard. Good things seemed to come easily, simply, into my life.

Friends? Easy to make, easy to keep. Courses and tests? A breeze, a snap, never complicated. Work? A career I enjoy, a profession I’m more than capable at, a good company I work for.

With such a life of ease, of coasting, I suppose it should come as no surprise to anyone how ill prepared I am to finally face difficulty. She left me. She left without warning. And she won’t be back. What I would give for a simple fracture of the heart.

21 comments:

~Kathryn~ said...

a simple fracture of the heart
i love that line
beautiful

Crafty Green Poet said...

very nice piece of writing.

Beaman said...

I enjoyed reading your post here. The ending was great.

gautami tripathy said...

d and I like the questioning note at the end..

I never found answers to that.

Regina Clare Jane said...

Oh, this was too good... I think that's why the heart isn't made out of bone- not so easy to heal up soft tissue...

Onion said...

very nice!

Simple but profound ending!

Lacithecat said...

Oh my! that is soo sad. For a moment I got very confused and had to look at your profile to figure out it if it was you!

Beautiful, but damn sad!

Michelle said...

Loved that post. But I have to ask myself is the such a thing as "a simple fracture of the heart?" Sometimes it seems bones will heal more easily.

Pacian said...

I have never broken a bone, and merely cracked my heart a little. Nice to know that there is still a lot of pain out there for me... waiting...

o_O

I think I'm going back to bed now.

minutechaser said...

Beautiful. Some fractures of the heart never heal. I hope his will.

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Jone said...

I enjoyed this and the ending took my breath. Unexpected.

Betty C. said...

From food to fractures, it's amazing to see all of the different takes on this prompt.

Yours is beautiful.

ren.kat said...

nice. A simple fracture of the heart sounds like a country ballad!

kailani said...

What a great ending to the story. It really makes you want to know more.

Deb G said...

Well done :)

sognatrice said...

This is great! I love the double meaning of the title along with the simplicity with which the speaker conveys all that is before him. It really is simple for him.

Unfolding Rose said...

wow...this is so well-structured - it really catches you at the end. I loved the cameos of the breakages, too. Great read!

colleen said...

Was it breaking in the same place again. I heartbreak does heal but the wound might leave a scar. Scar tissue is stuff tough though.

I read this after seeing the sweet broken heart and letter above which made it even more poignant.

tricia stirling said...

aw, this is sad and sweet. i love it.

Tammy said...

Wonderful post, sadly heart breaks are never simple.

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