I wish I could Unfall...

Previously I've written here about my ongoing journey with German language acquisition. Well, this week German provided me with the most confusing word for when my journey hits a bump in the road...or in this case, a bush.

You see, the German word for accident is Unfall.

Which is the exact opposite of what I did. I had a fall.

Off my bike.*

On to the ground.

After hitting a bush.

And I broke my (left) arm. Just below the elbow.

This is my first broken bone in 53 years and I can honestly say, 'OMG,  it really hurts!'

For the time being I am muddling along with the tasks of life using only one arm.

Today I had my first hair wash since my Unfall...

(shower kit for my cast)

...which yielded these results:

(I'm selfie-challenged under the best of circumstances, so my apologies for the wonky angle...)

Despite my Unfall, my spirit cannot be broken!

Today's poem is explains how it all happened...

no peddle

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*it was NOT an e-bike.

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Tabatha said...

Man oh man, ouch! I like all the -ief words in your poem (and your wonky selfie). Wishing you a speedy recovery!

Sheila said...

Wow! Glad you had a helmet on. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Tabatha! That selfie was the best one of 30+ attempts...thank goodness for the delete function on digital pics. hee hee.

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Sheila! Me too about the helmet. Pretty embarrassing to fall (on a super busy path next to the road), but then to actually break my arm was horrifying. I won't bore you with my attempt at German at the hospital - not pretty. Recovery should be quick...

Molly Hogan said...

Oh, no! I'm so sorry to hear about your accident but really admire your ability to turn it into poetry. Love the clever wordplay on "Unfall" as well. Heal swiftly, Bridget!

Fran Haley said...

Briget, I cringe on reading of your accident - the impact, the pain. I can just imagine how the road to recovery looked so long and exhausting - but here you are, expertly encapsulating it all with such wit ("it was not an e-bike"). So glad you are healing; the photo is lovely (lots of blue making blue eyes pop, fresh hair so pretty, the wonky angle just right!). My son took four years of German. He, like you, loves this sister-to-English language. I had a college instructor who said that she never understood English grammar until she studied German. I love how languages work; they have their inherent poetry, like how accident means "unfall" (how many times do we wish we could?) How perfectly you capture and convey the "unfall" with your terse verse. Continued healing to you. :)

Linda Mitchell said...

Oh, no! I'm so sorry. But, like the expert story teller that you are...it became material for a fun and funny poem, complete with pride thief. I'm familiar with that thief being a rather clumsy and unatheletic sort. You are doing pretty good to get washed and a blog entry out. Rest and heal!

Irene Latham said...

Bridget, I am sorry about your broken arm! (I've had 2 in my life.) And "unfall" is pretty brilliant as a word. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Janice Scully said...

Poor you! So sorry you fell, but I'm sure it will mend before too long. It must hurt a lot. The poem, with its one word lines expresses the anxiety of the moment quite well.

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Molly! I'll do anything for a poem...just kidding. Trying to make lemonade out of lemons. I suppose it could be worse, but I'd rather not find out. :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Fran! Yes, learning German has taught me SO MUCH about English. It's good to keep learning. :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Linda! It's amazing how fast a person can adapt to doing things one-handed. Luckily I broke my left arm and I am right handed...small blessings. :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Irene, and I am sorry you had to endure this pain TWICE. It hurt more than I thought it would...go figure. :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Janice! I'm already on the mend - mostly my pride is still banged up. I hate being injured and having to ask for help. Humbling. :)

Carol Varsalona said...

Bridget, I must admit that I never heard of an unfall. After the many crazy accidents I have had, I am glad that your helmut was on. Life is quirky, fragile, and uncertain. Thanks for your positive look attitude on unfalls and best of luck in the future. How did you manage to get this blog out with such a clever and upbeat poem? Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Catherine Flynn said...

Oh no! I'm so sorry about your "unfall!" Your poem is proof that poetry is everywhere, though!Hope your arm heals quickly!

laurasalas said...

Oh no on the broken arm! I am glad your spirit is unbroken, and that you at least got a witty poem out of the deal. Yikes:>)

Helen M said...

Oh, Bridget, so sorry about your break. I had a similar one two years ago while walking in an outdoor shopping center and not paying attention. Nothing as exotic as biking a path in Switzerland. I hope you recover quickly.

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Carol! Always good to look on the bright side of an Unfall! ;)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Catherine! Yes, I love that poetry can get us through our set backs. :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Laura! Sometimes we have to 'break' in order to release the muse. Next time, I'll just 'break' a cookie and see what comes of it! Ha! :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Helen! Oh, yeah, I remember that...I feel your pain (now). Weird how things can change so quickly with a bit of inattention. I guess mindfulness is the key... :)

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