Ode to My Right Knee


Ode to My Right Knee

As I prepare to say goodbye to my right knee, I thought I’d pay it homage.  I know an “ode” is a sonnet or poem, and this ain’t it, but it does come with great emotion attached.

I’ve spent a great deal of time complaining about my knee and how it hurts and how it’s just not working up to par.  But when I stop and think about it, over these past 53 years, it’s been a big part of giving me much pleasure as well.

Let’s see, over that time, my right knee has taken me through…

  • The Walk for Water (10 miles) and Hike for Hope (25 miles) when I was in high school.
  • Countless jumps and knee bends while cheering for Greece Olympia High School and Geneva College.
  • Dancing the night away as Disco Queen of Geneva College in the late 70’s!  J
  • Riding Lynnie’s bike (my only transportation) on my way to work in Greeley, Colorado.
  • Taking the brunt of a fall off of Lynnie’s bike (with scars to prove it, still 30 years later.)
  • Kneeling at the altar at Pine Castle UMC.
  • Standing, standing, standing for 10 years of LynWorks art and craft shows.
  • A hike up a neighboring mountain to overlook Lake Louise in Banff, Canada.
  • That hike up to see The Delicate Arch in Arches National Park in 100 plus degrees.
  • Many treks around many stages as I acted and danced my way through parts.
  • Rough, uneven cobbled stone streets of Ukraine, five years running.
  • Playing tourist in 50 states and 41 countries
  • Playing Round Robin Ping Pong with the Northland youth, around and around the table!
  • The everyday walking up and down my stairs at home.

On second thought, I don’t regret one day God has given me this knee, broken as it is.  Goodbye, dear knee!  Thanks for the memories!  J





About lauriebarkercopeland

I'm just like you, but totally unique. We have things in common, but we are all God's one-of-a-kind creatures. I enjoy finding The Funny in life when it gets messy. And we all know how life can get messy, right? Some of the things I love: God, family, friends, storytelling, community, nature, the arts, beauty, travel, fun and games, learning, the study of the personalities, teenagers, acting, writing and missions. More specifically: the mountains, the beach, breathing clean air, traveling to new places, experiences, deep conversations, appreciating the minute in nature, lunching with girlfriends, practicing sensing, predicting trends, taking a few risks along the way. I hate routine, so starting (and keeping up) this vlog is risky for me...but I love community (and a few risks), so I'm going for it! I hope you join me and we can have some Serious Fun together!

2 responses »

  1. Don’t know if my computer filters will prevent me from sending this but here goes. Since my messages seem to get lost in the vast wasteland of the email cyberword, I’ll try saying “Hi” here.
    Sorry to say goodbye to the old knee, but happy about the new one. When next we meet, it will be great to see you pain free and not hobbling from place to place

  2. Jack, your comment not only came through, but you were my very first comment! Thanks! Sorry it’s taken me FOREVER to respond. Me learning new technology is not a pretty picture. So it’s a looong process. 🙂 Yes, let’s hope we see each other soon, so I can show off my scar!

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