The small things

A week ago today I accidentally splashed hot oil on my right (dominant) forearm. Instant 2nd degree burn on a little less than two inches of skin.  The pain has yet to completely subside, but it’s totally bearable. This really could have been so much worse.

I was looking forward to two days of camping and trail riding with my boyfriend. We had planned on doing about 25 km a day, biking being a passion we share. My burn happened while cooking during the first night. We had literally just unpacked and set up… the bikes weren’t even off the rack and our plans were totally derailed.

I didn’t feel that my injury was bad enough to cancel our trip, we had packed a first aid kit (I am a know to be injury prone). The plan to hit the trails was now a thing of the past… and the future, but it wasn’t happening on this trip! Now the immediate plan was just to take it easy for two days and enjoy the campsite.

Here comes the great part – Chipmunks! These little guys changed my experience from one of sad self pity and regret to one of wonder and made my forced relaxation time an absolute joy. The chipmunks were even brave enough to climb on our laps and take peanuts right out of our hands.

Chipmunks are so super small, compared to them we must seem like whales, or elephants. They are understandably skittish around people… but that doesn’t stop them from facing their fears and coming over for a couple small peanuts. Not a huge reward, but still worth the risk 🙂

I am a small thing. I am closer to the size of a chipmunk than the size of a whale. If a tiny little chipmunk can climb my leg…. then I have no excuse. I can and will be as brave in the face of a daunting task. I can and will accept challenges that are out of my comfort zone. I will not go blindly forth, but will also take the lesson given to me by my little rodent teachers and be aware, respectful and mindful of the dangers around me.

I am happy not for the burn that forced me to sit still, but I am grateful for the lesson.

2 thoughts on “The small things”

  1. Shame about you getting hurt! I hope you will recover soon and still had a good time. At least you had somebody to care right there!
    I hope you will keep writing! And don’t worry too much, you’re doing fine with it. Relax!

  2. Thanks, Sasha! Bad news about the burn, but really cool stuff about the little guys. You know, you have to go back to that same campsite later this summer. To visit. They’ll be so sad if you don’t.

    – Phil Van Riper / The Albuquerque Turque

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