A Confession, Fall, Empowerment, and Pride

IMG_0465Last Saturday morning, 1-11-2014, Eldon decided to take his usual short walk down the driveway to get the daily newspaper. The first half of the driveway was clear of ice and snow. He knew the second half of his walk would be on ice and he decided to walk it carefully.

Still, despite deliberate caution, his feet slipped  from under him. He fell, struck his head and back on the hard driveway and suffered a concussion.  He is still learning how serious the injury is to head and back, but a trip to the Emergency Room determined that there were no fractured bones and no internal bleeding. However there is still occasional dizziness, nausea, and pain in his arms. On Monday he should see the Neurosurgeon .

Naturally, this has slowed him down and altered the pace of life in our family. Rachel is doing more of her work by conference calls by phone from home. We may each learn some new home-keeping roles.  One day the doorbell rang and a member of the Mission Network’s Executive Team was at the door with a gift basket of soups. It came from a group sponsored by Church  Community Service based in Elkhart that aims


In addition to soups the women produce desserts, dips, mittens, greeting cards, etc. If you are passionate about advancing women you must visit Soup of Success.  Eldon’s fall introduced me to the enterprising women of Elkhart.  I was not aware of their soups, but when I spoke to My Joy she knew about them.  She had seen their products in  Ten Thousand Villages on Main Street, Goshen.


A SELFIE of My Joy and me

I’m proud of My Joy.  I’ve introduced her to Lumosity, a program that exercises and develops the brain. Recently she exercised for seven consecutive days, and that’s good.  She has just begun and the program encourages her.  I have been at it for about a year and they tell me I  am one of “the best of the best” of the participants from age 75+.  I’m proud of myself, too. You, too, can explore what Lumosity can do for you by clicking here.

About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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3 Responses to A Confession, Fall, Empowerment, and Pride

  1. Wilmer says:

    You didn’t say Lumosity costs money to play. How much did they pay you to advertise for them?

  2. Mary bew says:

    Thanks for keeping us up to date. we hope eldon has a quick recovery!

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