I never wanted to need a cane. When the physical therapist told me I should start using one, she might as well have handed me a hearing aid and a box of Depends. But I stopped on my way home and bought it anyway (the cane, not the diapers).
As soon as I got home I started practicing. The better I can walk with it, the less attention I'll draw to myself. If I could fade into the background completely you'd get no complaints from me. Using the cane at home doesn't bother me. Using it in public does. Yeah, I'm vain.
As soon as my 11-year-old granddaughter (the one who knows everything) saw me with the cane, she couldn't resist pointing out the obvious: "Nothing personal, but that cane makes you look like an old lady."
I'm not dealing well with this "aging" thing. I'm not real thrilled with the alternative, either.
Well, I've been thinking. Maybe I can make the cane look a little more "hip". (Hip. I hope that isn't the next bone I break.) Lets see-- I could hang some glittery streamers from the hand grip. Or what about a cool paint job? Maybe some red and yellow flames up the sides. (Oh wait, that was an episode of House.) Who am I kidding? Nothing is going to hide the fact that it's a cane.
So yes, little Miss Know-it-all, I am getting old. Nothing personal, but when the time comes you're first in line to change my diaper.