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Not long ago, I told you about my dad’s plans for retirement – to jump on the Cape Cod recreational senior ice hockey circuit. In fact, he just bought a brand new pair of skates to kick off this endeavor.

I was a little concerned about this plan because as I wrote, my dad is 67. Except then my father clarified that he is only 66. So now an ice hockey hobby seems totally doable.

Except one little snag.

He decided to take up sledding first.

See here he is sledding in Denver this weekend.

And here he is icing his fractured rib afterward…

According to my sources, the sled careened out of control and was headed directly for my cousin Betsy’s daughter. So my cousin Tommy attempted to kick the sled out of the way which worked except he actually kicked my dad in the ribs by accident.

Sledding in Colorado sounds really dangerous.

The doctor says it will take about 6 to 8 weeks to heal. And in the meantime, my father should try to avoid laughing, coughing, sneezing, burping, jumping jacks, cartwheels, pogo sticks, and trampolines.

Sounds like ice hockey is still on the table.

P.S. I can’t write a whole post on my father’s injury without an update on my mother’s accident. She has made fantastic improvement. Her broken neck, the vertebrae in her back and her leg have all healed enormously well. She is now at home and with the help of a caretaker can definitely get around quite a bit.

P.P.S. I am going to work on not breaking any bones.

mama bird notes:

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