I will never again underestimate the strength of a McDonald’s paper cup — or my Rock Steady Boxing class.
The other day, I took my grandson to his favorite playground: McDonald’s. A friend was meeting us there with her grandson. By the time she arrived, the place was packed. There was only one spot available with a good view of the playing area: a table near the back windows that was covered with a gigantic puddle of sticky soda.
Someone had a massive spill and didn’t bother to report it. By the time we got there, it had formed a smaller version of the Great Lakes. Soda was all over and spilling onto the floor, creating a pool at least 2 feet wide by 5 feet long.
With a root beer in my right hand and a box of apple juice in the other, I turned to set the drinks on the table and lost my footing. I was facing the windows when my feet suddenly began sliding into the middle of the Great Lakes. I couldn’t grab onto anything to steady myself and slammed my shoulder into the top of the chair. In an attempt to stop sliding, I banged the root beer cup onto the window ledge, and with all of the strength I could muster I pushed my weight against it and tried to pull myself up.
It sounds crazy, but that large paper cup filled with root beer gave me the leverage I needed to get upright.
The entire time I was pushing against that cup, I was wondering when it would give way and leave me crashing to the floor. But then I realized my left arm and hand pushing against the windowsill were holding me up.
Six months ago, I couldn’t have held myself up like that.
I would have tumbled to the floor, ended up in the middle of the Great Lakes, and needed to be rescued from drowning in my embarrassment. But the muscles in my arms are stronger now. Other muscles throughout my body are more powerful, too. I can thank my Rock Steady Boxing class for that, and the encouragement of the coaches and the friends I’ve made there. Without the classes, I would have landed on my backside on the cement floor of the play area at the local McDonald’s, otherwise known, for the sake of this column, as the Great Lakes.
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