A strawberry and a telephone – what do they have in common? They have both low-grade injured me in odd ways.
The strawberry – oh, that dear strawberry – actually drew blood instantly in its incident. You see, I was simply pulling off the green tops of my strawberries, and then eating each strawberry. On this particular one, when I grabbed the green leaves atop it, pushing the end of my thumb nail underneath the little green stem that sat in the middle of them for nowhere near the first time in my life, I suddenly felt an extreme, sharp pain in my thumb. Somehow, the strawberry had launched itself into the depths that appeared at the underside of my thumbnail, ripping apart the nail and the skin. I yanked away immediately from the strawberry, and watched the blood overflow from underneath my thumb nail. Despite the pain, I found the occasion a happy and hilarious one. I mean, who gets injured by a strawberry? Since when do strawberries draw blood? I’m not even clumsy, but they apparently do it to me. 😛
The telephone was what reminded me of the strawberry incident today. I was looking at the last bit of a splinter – or what looks like it might be the last bit of a splinter – in my hand just now, and thought of the insanity of what my splinter was: a piece of a telephone. You know the old black, rotary dial telephones, with the receiver that rested across the top? That kind of telephone. Something had fallen on one Saturday night, sending out shards of black telephone onto the black floor. I did not realize that the phone had even been injured until after I took my shot – this was in a photo area – on the floor, playing my ukulele. Hours later, it took some consideration before I discovered what the source of my chunk of black plastic-type material splinter was. When I removed the splinter, the spot bled a little, and then began to hurt. I mean, really, what kind of injury is that? Blood drawn by telephone, and no throwing of any kind was involved, nor were any other people. Silly.
So, an old telephone and a strawberry have a big something in common, see?