Two Old Codgers

How the World strikes us

I have just measured my shoes. The overall length is 12inch with a combined width of about 9inch. Once upon a time I was an inch short of six foot but I think I have now shrunk to about five foot ten inches.

I can almost hear you saying “What’s the old fool burbling about this time?” Well, I was standing on one foot in the bathroom, after my shower, having put on one sock and looking round for the other, all this without falling over. It stuck me what a remarkable thing it is to be able to stand and walk

Like me, I am sure you take it for granted but think about it and the simple fact is, you don’t think about it. It’s one of the things we do without any thought. You blink to keep your eyes clean; you sweat to control body temperature. As the water in the sweat evaporates, the surface of the skin cools. There are lots of bodily functions which we describe as automatic Outside of our mind there must be an intelligence that does all these things.

Back to standing upright - just think of the hundreds of muscle movements and nerve signals to the brain there must be in simply standing up.

Something that always gets me is watching cricket on TV. The batsman hits the ball hard, it reaches the boundary at nine or ten feet above the ground. The fielder nearby on the boundary runs several metres, leaps into the air, stretches his arm to full length and his open hands meets the trajectory of the ball at precisely the right moment to take a catch. I cannot believe that is simply the result of practice, I reckon it’s the same innate intelligence that allow us ordinary mortals to stand upright.

Now I must go for a lie down!

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