Episode Eight: Bruno and Alice: A Love Story in Twelve Parts About Seniors and Safety – Back flip onto wet grass

My friend Bruno is a sculptor. This March, when the forecast was for three warm, sunny days in a row, Bruno decided to throw a small party to get his family and friends over to see the pieces he had been working on over the winter. He puts on an event like this once or twice a year. It gives him a chance to sell his art, make a little cash, and see all his friends.

The day of the party, Bruno's place was packed. Everyone was very complimentary about his work, and the fine weather made everything seem even nicer. At one point, someone suggested we go out on the back deck to enjoy the warmth. It had been a long winter and the sun felt great. Bruno's daughter was out there with us. But she took one look at the deck and said "Dad, this old deck isn't getting any sturdier."

Bruno who, quite wrongly, fancies himself a handyman, waved her off by saying "Rock solid. Two-by-ten joists every twelve inches. It'll never budge."

Never tempt the gods. As though on cue, the railing which a couple had leaned against gave way, and they both fell backwards into a cold marsh of soupy wet grass. They weren't hurt, but they sure made a fuss about their clothes! Bruno's daughter got immediate permission to find a builder and make proper repairs. The incident was over.

After the party, we went back out onto the deck and checked out the damage. Looking down at the impressions in the wet grass, Bruno was quiet for the longest time. Then he turned to me and said "That could have been us."


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