By it I mean my ankle. Being as I never had a sprained ankle before I just assumed that’s how sprained ankles feel. Everyone says they hurt and swell and make you hobble all peculiar-like. But it wasn’t going away, infact it was hurting a little more each day. So I went through a series of logical reasoning: I have insurance. It’s for when I don’t feel so good. I don’t feel so good. So I went to the doctor who X-Rayed the foot and told me I have a fractured bone. To which I replied: “No I do not. My dream job is interviewing me next week. I am wearing black heels. I have to wear my black heels with my black suit” To which she paused for a moment perhaps wondering if I had injured my head in the fall too and responded “no, you will not wear your black heels, you will wear this air cast for now, and then after orthopedics you will wear a cast or a boot. No black heels” The nurse perhaps sensing my distress assured me no interviewer would hold a cast against me when judging my professional appearance. She pointed out that it wasnt like I was walking in with a pink head of hair. True.
My friends pointed out that its a good conversation starter. Except my story is not that exciting: I was going to talk to my professor and missed a step and fell. *yawn* My brother suggested that I say that I was on my way to do something noble when I saw a baby carriage rolling down the street and in my valiant efforts to save it I tripped and injured my foot!
I feel slightly better about the lack of cute black heels for the interview but the dilemma remains. What do I wear on the other foot? The doctor recomends sneakers but there is NO WAY I am showing up to a law firm in Adidas. I know the girl on last season’s Apprentice had crutches. what did she wear on her other foot? Doesn’t one heel look silly?
This may sound sordid but as a kid I used to envy the kids that came to school with the white cast on their arms or legs because the other kids go to sign it, the teacher gave them candy, and all the kids wanted to be their friend so they could try out their crutches. I remember one day saying to myself as a six year old “Gee I hope i get to have a cast one day” 21 years later I am reminded that one must be careful for what they wish for because one day, when you least expect it, it just might come true!