I knew better. I just didn’t do better.
When Daughter purchased a new bed – smaller and more in step with the size of her room – she discarded her old.
I saved the foundation and tore it apart for various uses.
The tearing apart / breaking down process can be messy if one doesn’t follow certain rules consistently.
4. remove protruding nails / staples, or hammer them flat, OR turn the board so nail tips point DOWN and not UP
8. don’t step on boards / wood
10. don’t step on nails / staples, or on boards containing them
22. wear shoes
You see…I stepped on a piece of wood with small nails protruding from it. Yes, I was wearing shoes. But they were my old work shoes…yes, the ones with holes in the soles.
I didn’t realize I had a problem until I took another step forward and discovered the board was stuck to the bottom of my shoe.
When I sat to pull the board from my shoe, I discovered the nails had gone through the sole.
That explained why one of my toes stung.
I removed my shoe, then my sock. Yep, I had two little holes in the underside of my fourth toe. Tiny dots of red marked them.
It’s not such a difficult thing to ignore rules. In fact, it seems tremendously human to do so. But, when we choose to ignore rules, we position ourselves squarely in harm’s way.
I ignored safety guidelines and blatantly broke rules.
And, in the process of doing my own thing, my own way, I suffered the consequences.
I’m just glad my dad wasn’t around to see. He would have said, “Babe, why did you do that? You knew better!”
Yep, I did. I knew better because he taught me better.
Problem is, I didn’t do better.