Garbage Cans

The other day I was bringing back my and my neighbor’s empty garbage cans from outside the house.  My neighbor’s garbage can is pretty heavy and I was taking it up stairs.  Stairs + carrying things = bad combo.  So I was struggling a little bit and my other neighbor, a big strong man, was outside smoking a cigarette and asked me if I needed any help.  Now I’m sure he thought that I was struggling because I’m a weak little woman.  But the truth is as you all know I had a stroke a few years back and I struggle with a lot of things.  But my struggles are MUCH, MUCH, MUCH less than they used to be.

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9 replies

  1. or he might have just seen you struggling, so he enquired, not all men are anti-feminists 🙂

  2. Mentally you are a lot tougher than most people you meet. I’d hate to meet you in a dark alley.

  3. Are you telling me that a guy who smokes would have an easier time lugging garbage cans than you would? I don’t buy it.

  4. I’m a strong looking chap, 6’2″, and outwardly should be capable of all sorts of heavy tasks, but I find myself having to apologise to people all the time when I ask them for help, and then follows the compulsory discussion about the stroke. My wife thinks I love the fact I can’t lump heavy stuff around the garden or house (we’re self building a house at the home), and I can stand and direct instead, in fact its quite the reverse. She is getting very strong now, so I’d better choose my words carefully 🙂

  5. All of this has helped me to accept help better. I wouldn’t let anyone help with anything in my former life and now I occasionally accept, but only when I really need it. I probably would have struggled along with the cans too…because I can(no pun intended).

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