Who’s Going To Catch Me If I Fall?
” Catch me dad, catch me,” shouted my son while he jumped from a rectangular stone falling into a shallow, bubbling water in one of the neighborhood’s water park. He was so happy, all smiling and laughing as he landed in the water with a big splash. As he was about to jump for the fifth time he looked at me with a huge smile and said, ” this is so much fun!”
There are falls that results into bruises, cuts and fractures. These are the ones that made you yell, “ouch,” and requires first aid or emergency attention. Some of which may have prompted you to call 911. One day, my son was screaming and crying. I ran hurriedly down the stairs. I tried to ask him as calmly as I could, ” what happened?” He replied with his voice trembling, ” I have a big cut on my foot.” I told him, “okay, let me take a look.” He had a little abrasion on the sole of his foot. I looked at his scared face and said, ” it’s alright, I’ll fix it and then it won’t hurt anymore.” So, I cleaned his abrasion, placed some antibacterial ointment with analgesic on it and covered it with a band-aid. I carried him back to the living room. He hugged me and said, ” thanks dad.” Before I knew it he was running around. I told myself, ” he’s back in the game!”
There are falls that made us think that whoever caught us is our own version of a Superhero. When I was around 12 years old, I had a severe attack of my asthma. It was so bad that I developed hypoxia and passed out. For some unexplainable reason, my dad who was about 2 feet shorter than I am, braced me from my fall, lifted me up and carried me to the car. It must had been his adrenaline. After the incident I told myself, ” man, my dad has super powers.” In my eyes , he had the strength, the heart and the bravery of any superhero. Best of all, he is my dad.
We all have fallen at one point in our lives. Sometimes we fell flat on our faces. Other times we landed on our backs, hands or feet. In all these falls, we were able to stand up, heal ourselves and move on. Sometimes we were lucky enough that someone was there to catch us as we fell in fear or simply held our hand as they helped us stand up and make sense of what just happened.
There are times when we are alone and one of our dreaded question is, ” who’s going to catch me when I fall?” Now, I’m no longer referring to just the physical fall. I’m more dwelling into the emotional and psychological fall. How many times our hearts got wounded? How much tears have we shed from a broken heart? How many times our feelings were hurt from all sorts of reason? How many times your soul felt like it’s just falling and falling, not knowing what’s below and when you’re going to touch ground? At one point, in any of these moments we looked around and said, ” who’s going to catch me if I fall?” I sure did and I’m no longer afraid to face such a question. I know that people I love will do it for me in a heart beat and I for them. Love creates a strong and lasting bond that assures you that you’ll never be alone ever again.
As I sadly say goodbye to the happy memories of Summer, I welcome the cozy, festive, thankful spirit of the Fall season. As I look around me, the leaves are starting its Autumn transition. A tinge of gold, red, orange, brown , purple and yellow colors are starting to dominate the once green landscape. Can’t wait to put some pumpkins on our front yard and celebrate trick or treating with my son. I wonder what costume he will wear this Halloween. A zombie? Another superhero? A zombie superhero? What ever he wants, it’s cool by me.
Who caught you when you fell? What were your thoughts when it happened? What do you look forward during this Fall season. Whatever those answers are, I hope it gives you good memories and a bright future to look forward to. A blessed and happy day to all.
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