Fix That Baby Hippo Problem

A friend of mine was about a year out from a stroke and doing very well. She babysat for a few hours and afterwards had a good deal of difficulty walking. Concerned, she chalked it up to residual after-effects of the stroke, and hobbled along.

When she got home and took off her shoes, a tiny plastic hippo fell out of one shoe. During the babysitting stint, she had removed her shoes, and the baby hippo had somehow been dropped into one of them.

We had a good laugh after that story, and her relief was physical as well as mental.

I couldn’t help thinking that we all hobble along so many times when there is no need to suffer, worry, or be sick. The problem is actually something that can be corrected. I’m talking to myself here, too.

Is there something that you’re putting up with that you don’t have to? Have you become accustomed to it? Did it sneak into your life or drop in when you weren’t looking? Sometimes things build, and we don’t realize that things need to change until we have that breakdown, that stroke, or that relationship problem.

Time for a well-check.

Take care of yourself. -Nealie



  1. Crystal says:

    This made me smile! Always check your shoes when visiting others, especially when there are children or pets around. Once I found a rawhide stuck in one of my boots as I was preparing to leave a friends house, this little story just brought that memory back.

    • NealieRose says:

      Hi Crystal, Hope you took it out before you thought that you had foot problems. 🙂 Take care of yourself! That’s something I have been struggling with, and plan to do better.

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