On getting older

Recently I met up with an old friend whom I’d gotten to know when we were both deeply involved in martial arts training. We’d gone for a really long walk and then out to dinner, so when we got up, we were a little stiff.

We headed out of the restaurant, and there was a step down to the parking lot. We both paused, trying to decide how we were going to negotiate this step, then looked at each other and burst into laughter.

“I used to kick people in the head,” I said.

“I can still do that,” Lynne said. “As long as they’re on the ground first.”



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1 comment

  1. This is like one of the Russian Martial Arts koans: 1. We don’t use high-kicks. 2. We can kick an opponent in the head. Then goes the question, how can it be possible?))

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