I conducted a small social experiment this morning. Clearly I was bored with my usual morning run or I was delirious from not sleeping well last night, and I decided to trip on the annoyingly bumpy cobble stones that are along the edge of the canal and hence fall forward onto my hands and knees. That was fun! Not. I managed to avoid sliding too far but as a result planted myself quite heavily on my knees. Let’s just say it hurt but we’ve all been there and done that – we all know what it is like to fall over in public.

As I sat on the ground telling myself how stupid I was, I switched my attention to see what the numerous Parisians who had DEFINITELY seen me fall over were going to do. Would they rush to my aid? Would they appear concerned for my well being? Would they point and laugh? Turns out they did none of the above and instead pretended they hadn’t even seen me. As I stood up and wobbled my way over to a bench to sit down, a man who would have had a very clear view of my tumble, did everything possible to avoid eye contact with me. A group of men who were a few metres away looked at me at first but then turned their backs to avoid any sort of involvement.

I am 100 per cent certain that if I had been in Australia someone would have come to see if I was ok. As I sat there thinking, “I want my Mum” I hoped someone would come to my rescue and offer to drive me home. But no. Nothing. Not even a glance. Not even a furrowed brow of concern. Not even a “Ca va?”. Nothing.

So! As I sit here unable to bend my knees and thinking about all of the metro stairs I have to climb today, I would like to give a big high five to Australian comradeship and a big BOOOOOO to Parisian “If I stop and help her she might ask me for money”ness.

That said, after a little rest I was completely fine and managed to run the rest of the way home BUT for a moment there it was the end of the world as I knew it.

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4 Responses to “Bugger.”

  1. Alex says:

    I would have been there for you 🙂


  2. Harald says:

    What, no you’re right, you’re right as I experienced it in Edinburgh and London, sounds like dog eats dog in Paris.

  3. Deanna says:

    I have had a few embarrassing falls in my life too! One of the worst was at the CC – with BO a few steps behind me – probably saying to herself “trip, fall, trip, fall!!!” That resulted in the worst sprain known to man and a weak ankle that then broke months later.

    Another classic fall was down a gravelly slope – where I landed on my back when my legs gave out from under me – did that hurt? OMG – I thought I could not walk – Allen was there – initially laughing until he saw my face – I too had thought my world had ended that day!!

    So dust off your scrappy knees and keep writing xxxxx

  4. Jess says:

    Pauvre Deanna! No one ever believes it is as bad as it feels. But yes, stand on up and keep on going!

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