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Topic: Exhale (08/15/13)
TITLE: Walking, my favorite passtime
By Betty Overstreet
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When my folks were raising us kids, you just didn’t hear all the talk about walking or running for health. I guess mom figured she got enough exercise running after us and daddy always had the kind of job that was physical so all he wanted to do when he got home was sit down and rest!
Well, along came the age of “you gota walk a bunch of miles a day” so my husband and I slipped into our Nike’s and joined the throng. One mile each day, then two miles, and, suddenly one day, we are walking along and I grab my chest and stumble a little. I start breathing hard and he said, “slow down, we aren’t in a race yet”.
I hesitated a little, then started breathing hard again, raised my hand to my chest, stopped and closed my eyes. My husband was so frightened he grabbed me, laid me down on a lawn and said, “Breath slowly in and then exhale.” I sneaked a glance with one eye, exhaled a little then started breathing hard again.
He lowered his head to try and give me mouth to mouth resuscitation and I grabbed him, kissed him real good, let him go and exhaled really big for emphasis. Then I said, “Honey, I shouldn’t have to go to such trouble to get a kiss from you.”
I noticed he was a little upset at me because he was holding his breath and looking a little angry. I smiled real sweet and said, “Honey bear, you need to relax and let that breath out-- you are turning blue. Oh, come on now, you can’t be angry just because I went to such extreme to get a kiss.”
He very good-naturedly held out a hand to help me up from the ground, gave me a little peck on the cheek and took off walking fast. I think we walked five miles that day!
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