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Promises to Keep, by Kimberley Linstruth-Beckom

Dear Body,

I know I wasn’t very good to you. I would stretch my limits to the point where they were almost ignored. Lifting those washers, dryers, and refrigerators on Monday mornings at that retail store I used to work for probably didn’t help you out too much. Forgive me. I was young and foolish, but what choice did we really have at that time?

I needed to pay off college and send you to the doctor, and the only way to do that was to get paid from the only employer willing to hire a snotty-nosed college grad at the time. We could have tried to smile pretty at the nice doctors, but I don’t think that would have gotten us through the waiting room door.

You, of course, have never been the patient type, but did you have to trash my knees? I know that I wasn’t listening too well, but I kind of need those to walk with. And since we are on the subject, what’s up with curling my fingers to the point where I can’t open jars or write? How about my head? Does it have to be so cluttered all the time? And why do I have to be tired all the time too?

Do you really need that much of a vacation from the stresses of day-to-day life? Or are you going to tell me how much you hate fast food again? Listen, I know that stuff isn’t the greatest, but sometimes it’s all I can afford for you. I can’t wine and dine you on 90% lean organic meat all the time, and let’s not even go into how much organic chicken is going for these days.

How about I make a promise to you that we can both keep? What if I try to think of you a little more often and feed you what you want and need. I’ll try very hard not to neglect the fact that you need a break from work now and then. Heck, I’ll even try to give you some exercise and hydrate you with water instead of caffeine too.

I’m willing to try; you know I am. I’m not just saying it this time; I really mean it. Please don’t keep shutting me out. I know I can do better for you.

Love,
Kimberley

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img_0703 Kimberley Linstruth-Beckom started writing for extra credit in the fourth grade. She was bad in math and tried to compensate that fact with poetry and short story writing. Kimberley has had various poems and articles published on the internet, as well as, five books and several blogs. She resides in Connecticut with her husband, two daughters, two cats, two frogs, and several tropical fish and plants.

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14 Responses to “Promises to Keep, by Kimberley Linstruth-Beckom”

  1. Gillian says:

    I think there will be a few of us who can empathise with this letter! Fun read with a more serious point.

  2. Angel says:

    I feel your pain! I don’t have all the same things happening, but enough to know what you are going through. I told my husband not long ago after a week straight of headaches that I needed a whole new head!

    Guess we just do the best we can, and really try to take care of ourselves.

    Good luck to you!

  3. Rissa says:

    if only replacement parts were available!

  4. Jo Brielyn says:

    I can totally relate. I worked in a military warehouse and did a number on my wrists from hauling around appliances and airplane parts much too big for someone my size. They still give me problems when I type for too long (which I ALWAYS do since I’m a writer!).

  5. Maggie says:

    Boy my stiff fingers and aching feet can relate to this one!

  6. Linda says:

    Terrific now only if the body answers politely!!!

  7. Borgieskid says:

    Amazing how invincible we feel when we’re young.. only to learn later the results of our superhuman strength! I love this letter, lets hope the body responds in a positive way.

  8. Thank you all so much for the wonderful comments! They mean more than you know.

  9. The Quail says:

    Love this article as it brings back lots of memories and sometimes I too wish that there were replacement parts. lol Awesome and well written.

  10. Jinny says:

    Hi,
    Ugh, I liked! So clear and positively.

    Have a nice day
    Jinny

  11. LaurieM says:

    Now if dear Body will listen… Wouldn’t it be nice if we could go back and do over, knowing what we know now?

  12. Hobosic says:

    Greatings,
    Super post, Need to mark it on Digg

    Have a nice day
    Hobosic

  13. iovi says:

    Its unbelievable how much I can feel this letter!!!I always had this problem..An intensive personality,that pushed my body to its limits..and way more far…Well living now with fibromyalgia makes me keep the control,i have no other choice!!And I wont let it make me misarable..Actually maby its for the best!I used to think I was cursed with a weak body fighting alone,but now… we are many…I never had people understanding me so much and sharing the same experience!So…see the bright side in life :))

  14. Laurie D. says:

    I love this letter to the body. It reminds me of a line from a WHO song. “I pushed my body to the point of no return…”
    That is how I feel most days. Suffering from Fibromylgia, degenerative Joint and Spinal disease as well as other medical problems. I can certainly relate to all the pain.
    Thanks for sharing this letter with us.

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