My limbs have always been a source of…I don’t know what the word is. Amusement? Oddness? Simultaneous strength and weakness? Whatever it is, when Linda’s SoCS prompt was “limb” the first place my mind flew is these arms and legs ‘o mine.
I was a scrappy kid, one my dad jokingly referred to as “long neck and skinny legs.” Not “jokingly” as in it wasn’t true; more like it was so true you just had to laugh. Stork-like wouldn’t have been a poor description either.
I had this bizarrely long neck and skinny, knobby legs. My knees looked nothing like the silky smooth models from Nair commercials – my bumps and knots defied every razor’s attempt to shave without drawing blood.
My lower (lowest?) extremities aren’t much better. These bony ankles jut out, knocking themselves against furniture and each other every chance they get. The odd bumps on the sides of my feet have made sitting “criss cross applesauce” akin to penance, and my big toes? We do not speak of the big toes.
My elbows are pointy and bony, a ridiculous display of the awkward phase I never grew out of. I guess my body didn’t get the memo that middle school was supposed to be the gawky years because my limbs have carried this awkwardness right into my forties. But, as silly as my limbs might be, it’s hard to be too awful mad at them. They’ve seen me through the years, good and bad, right up until this moment. Who knows, maybe if I’d been one of those Nair knee girls I’d have ended up snotty and entitled.
That’s the story I’m going with, anyway.
Cee’s Stream of Consciousness prompt this week is “limb.”