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My Left Foot

September 17, 2012

How do you describe a body part?  My left foot is a rumba dancer: wiggling, twisting, curling to its own syncopated beat.  It is a rebel.  While its right partner happily spins away pedaling a bike, the left refuses to be caught in the boring trap of spinning round and round.

Instead it twists out of the pedal clip trying, one might think, to bring me down; make me fall.

It is strong-willed.  I can almost hear it say “No stinking medicine is going to stop me!”  And so as if to prove the point it flexes up and down at its ankle, refusing to be still.

It is a trouble maker.  Sometimes I catch it encouraging other body parts to join the revolution: “Twist brothers and sisters!  Twist Away!  Jump, thrash about! Break the chains of tyranny and join the revolution!  You do not have to be controlled by the brain!”

The neck and shoulders seem most inclined to follow the call.  Sometimes they follow and beginning thrashing.  My neck jerks my head down, while the shoulders move up and down like a teeter-totter. Then the neck flops side to side, throwing the head about as if trying to shake it off.   My abdomen tries to resist the call, but even for it the lure of freedom can be too great and it begins doing crunches, as if it were back in some hellish high-school gym class.

The right foot is my greatest ally.  When riding, while the lazy left twists out of the pedal, the right bravely soldiers on, doing double duty.  The brave and magnificent right pulls up on the pedal to compensate for its lazy brother.  The right foot is my hero, my buddy, my stalwart supporter, the friend I can always trust.

I do not begrudge the left foot.  It’s simply a rebel.  I try to bring it in line, and it tries to break away.

It’s our dance of life.


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  1. Anonymous permalink

    Doug, I love your spirit and sense of humor! Also, I’m reminded of something I saw on Facebook a while back: “You never know how strong you are until the only choice you have is to be strong.”

  2. your positivity is an inspiration, doug. i send you kudos, respect, admiration.

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