Saturday, October 8, 2016
“I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.”
This is a refrain that my now 32-year-old grandson Michael Krieger would often mention to me about 30 years ago, which he would often see on TV ads. It actually happened to me on July 24, 2016, at age 92; under the most trying circumstances. I decided to pick a few peppers from my several foot-high pepper plants, when I lost my balance and fell over on to my front lawn that bordered my garden.
There was no neighbor around to help me. I could not turn my head and I was unable to move. As I laid there from about 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. with rain drops starting to fall on my face I could only think of grandson Michael’s refrain. Suddenly as a huge storm was brewing and I thought I would drown, a voice said to me that he would help me up. Which he did, and he walked me over to my garage as all hell let loose – with a deluge of water.
I can thank my neighbor across the street “Anita” for sending her boyfriend “Bryan” to check on me and help me. There were no injuries, thanks to the lawn cushion.
I reflected on my hectic World War II near death misses, when three life threatening typhoons almost jolted our U.S. LST 582 apart.
I should have heeded my youngest daughter Sandy Vicarel’s advice who cautioned me not to go out unless I had someone outside with me. Of course hindsight is always 20/20.
Michael J. Lacivita is a Youngstown retiree and member of the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame and the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame.