I have to admire Elisa's spirit. Recovering just two weeks after surgery for a broken hip, she is determined to get quickly back to normal and she doesn't want to be a bother for anybody. I've experienced three hip fractures (in elderly relatives) and offered my wise and not very welcome counsel to Elisa. Which she has consistently declined.
Tuesday we took her to a follow up appointment with her surgeon and I interrupted her entry to the building to caution her about the hazards of "safety" mats common to commercial buildings. Walkers tend to catch the edge of the mat causing trips and falls. My interruption annoyed her. She became (mildly) irate. In the waiting room she sat with her back to me as a sign that my help wasn't needed. She's been getting around on her own for ninety years and doesn't need my advice now.
Later departing the doctor's office into the large medical center foyer, Elisa charged forward navigating the door without assistance. It happened that another walker-user, a young women perhaps seventy years old, was departing at the same time. And for just a minute I thought it appeared that Elisa was racing this woman toward the main exit doors. They were side by side and traveling as fast as the walkers would permit.
I soon realized it really was a race. The younger woman gained the lead by a couple steps but then her walker got tangled up with the safety mat at the exit door. Exactly as I had tried to warn Elisa earlier. The younger woman didn't fall. I didn't say "I told you so." Elisa didn't say, "Oh, now I see what you meant."
I'm telling you about the great walker race, not to call attention to my astute understanding of one of life's hazards, but because it reflects the competitive spirit within the humans breast. A spirit present even the elderly humans. Even in women.
|Gina and Cookie running for time. You think they aren't |
racing each other?
The competitive spirit was apparent in tryouts. Theoretically candidates were running against the clock but it was obvious they were totally aware of the teammate in the adjoining lane. And trying to beat her to the finish line.
|Both players determined to push the other backwards.|
|A battle of strength against strength, skill against skill.|
It is this will to win backed up by commitment of body and mind that makes football so much fun to watch.
|This and the photo below capture the intensity of the competition in football. Eleven|
players on either side of the ball. One side determined to move the ball to the
right, the other determined to prevent them.
|This photo taken immediately after the preceding shot shows competitors asserting |
their strength and will to win, the battling for yardage. Competing.