... until today!!
I've heard people describe falling -- "and I fell flat on my face" -- but they don't usually mean that they literally fell FLAT on their face. Usually they just mean they fell forward pretty hard and heavily and hit the ground. I do know one lady who fainted and fell FLAT on her face, and she had the scrapes and bruises and concussion to show for it.
Well today I did it, and thankfully it wasn't on concrete.
I was in the back yard. I turned quickly and started to step forward just as I turned. Eler Beth's terrier, Little Bit, unknown to me, was either sitting right at my feet or she ran in front of me just as I moved, because I tripped over her. It wasn't a normal trip and fall. It felt as if my feet didn't actually move at all, like I was glued to the ground and just tipped over. I really don't know how I did it. All I know was that I had a quick impression of a black and white dog at my feet and then my knees were bending quickly as if someone had shoved me from behind and told me to "kneel!", and my upper half was speedily meeting the ground. When I hit the ground I was on my shins and knees, and I had bent my arms at the elbows so that on either side of my face my upper arms and open palms hit the ground a split second before my face did. I remember saying, "Well, shoot!" as I was headed to the ground, and the next thing I knew my face was FLAT on the ground in four inches of grass.
Eler Beth said she heard me call out something and turned just in time to see me on the ground, looking as if I were doing an act of obeisance to something or someone. Well, she didn't say that. What she said was, "Mom, it looked like you were worshipping something!!"
I slowly pushed myself up, giggling, and then just sat there laughing. My face had started itching from the grass almost immediately. Eler Beth ran to me. "What happened!? Are you okay?!"
I couldn't stop laughing, so she joined in, and the dogs of course came over to see why Mom was acting nutty, so it was a minute or so before I managed to stand up. Then I hurried inside to wash my face, because it was really itching horribly.
So now I can literally say that I have fallen FLAT on my face!
And how has YOUR Sunday been?