Have you ever face planted? Like not a face plant where you at least go down, knees first but a full-on plank fall? Well, let me tell you, yours truly achieved this feat Friday night.
Around 7 we got a call from our neighbors and friends just 3 doors down, inviting us over to play corn hole. Side question for my readers outside the U.S., do you have cornhole? It’s a ton of fun and I suck at it. Anyway, they have super cool cornhole boards as the hole lights up so you can play it in the dark. We love going to their house and always have lots of fun.
3 glasses of wine and 2 bug bites later, it was time to head home. I folded up my chair and packed up everything I had brought. I took two steps where I thought the sidewalk was and all would have been fine had there not been a child’s bike laying in my path. Being pitch black, I never saw it.
The Face Plant
Let’s talk about the face plant for a second. Have you unexpectedly injured yourself or been in an accident and the whole event is just so surreal? That was my face plant. Like, I just heard a boom, boom, boom and suddenly I was kissing the grass. I just laid there for a few seconds, assessing the situation. Nothing really hurt; shout out to wine for that. Since this was technically my first face plant, I wanted it to be a proper one. I felt it only appropriate to lay there for a few seconds, staring at the grace, appreciating the situation.
‘Oh my God, I just fell. Am I laying in the grass right now?’ I asked myself.
I started to giggle uncontrollably as I rolled over to look at my family and friends. Sometimes when something like this happens, all you can do is laugh. My sons stared at me disgusted, thinking it was the wine, not realizing it was actually a stupid bike that had been in my way.
Once my giggling subsided and I realized I couldn’t lay there all night I got up and brushed myself off.
“Yup, that’s going to leave a mark,” I said, brushing off the last few pieces of freshly mowed grass.
And it did leave a mark, 3 to be exact. 1 on my left thigh and 2 on my right. I didn’t finish this post the day I started it and 6 days later, my bruises are finally beginning to fade. They got ridiculously dark and ugly this week. Here they are on day one. Very light compared to what they were 2 days ago.
Anyway, have you ever face planted? And if so, how did you handle it? Was only your pride hurt? I think everyone has to face plant at least once. I think it keeps you humble.
I’m so happy you’re okay, but yes! I’ve had my share of falls. My best fall was when I was riding a bike when I was about 15, and decided to watch my feet pedaling for some reason. How stupid!!! When I did look up, it was too late. There was a car not two feet in front of me. I was thrown from my bike, pitched over the back of the car, and I landed on the asphalt. My wrist was sprained, and embarrassment was through the roof, but that was about it. ?
Holy crap…I wasn’t expecting a car to be involved in your story! Jesus! I’m glad you got away with light injuries! I think we all look down at our feet for some dumb reason!
I’ve not face planted – but years ago I rolled off my bike along the road after a sharp turn went wrong… it was cool and I was unhurt.
I can’t like your post – that part of the page isn’t loading.
Now, was it cool while it happened or was it cool after you realized you weren’t hurt? I’d be scared up until the point I realized nothing was broken. As for the likes not loading. I’ll investigate. Thank you for bringing to my attention! I thought you were goig to say you didn’t like it b/c it would be like liking a face plant. LOL!
Well a faceplant isn’t good to watch but the instant reaction is to laugh. 😀
Exactly! The ridiculosness of it! People that don’t laugh at it…..I wouldn’t trust them.
I’m glad you feel the same lol
The last time I face planted hard was a few years back when I was still in college. I left my friend’s dorm and was heading to my evening class. Instead of going through campus since I was riding my long board, I was riding down a sidewalk down a street in the neighboring suburb. I crossed a dip in the sidewalk where there was an entrance to a side street and once I made it back to the other side of the sidewalk, my front wheel hit a rock. My board stopped abruptly and my body kept going forward. I landed hard. To add insult to injury, there was a cop sitting in his car at the intersection I had just crossed. He pulled up beside me and asked if I was okay. Of course I played it off like it wasn’t a big deal, but man I was hurtin’!
God, that sounds awful! Falling off a bike really makes a face plant just that more worse. What were your injuries? I think I would have done the same thing with the cop. What is it, after like age 10, your supposed to not cry with injuries, even though you want to?
I actually had some bits of rock dug into my palms for a few days. I ripped a hole in my jeans on the knee (which was scratched and bruised) and I had a knot in the side of my head since I had to good sense to twist my head around and not land 100% face first. Plus my ego took a huge hit….
I’m glad you’re okay….and I can relate so much. I’m a natural clutz, so face planting is not out of the realm of reality for me.
But I’m so glad you’re okay.
Thank you! I just wish these darn bruises would go away. They’re pretty awful looking!
Poor thing. I wish I could recommend something…ugh
Like all bruises….I’m stuck waiting for the remedy of time. 🙁