This was Imogen’s plan:

Saturday afternoon: travel to Sydney
Saturday evening:  attend a ball
Saturday night: stay in Sydney
Sunday: spend the day with a friend
Sunday evening: return home

Imogen had a big weekend ahead of her. She was so excited. She was going to have a fantastic time.

“I’ll phone you on Sunday afternoon when I know what train I’ll be arriving home on,” she told me.

So on Sunday afternoon, the phone rang, and Gemma-Rose answered it. “It’s Imogen. She sounds strange.”

“Mum, I’ve had an accident. I’m waiting for the ambulance to arrive.”

An accident? An ambulance? I could have panicked. I nearly did. But instead I asked, “What happened?”

“I’ve hurt my ankle. It’s probably not broken.” I sighed with relief. I can cope with ankles. “We decided to go ice-skating. I fell over and injured my foot. The manager of the ice-rink has phoned for an ambulance.”

“Don’t worry! Dad and I are on our way.” Minutes later, Andy and I were sailing along the freeway towards Sydney.

We found Imogen in the first-aid room, propped up on a bed, an ice pack on her ankle. By this time she was smiling, “The ambulance arrived. The paramedic looked at my ankle. It’s probably just sprained, Mum. I’m okay.” She pointed to a pair of crutches. “He gave me those. Looks like I’ll be off my feet for a few days.”

Of course Imogen got teased a little when she arrived home.  She hobbled through the front door with one bare and very sore foot to find three very inquisitive sisters waiting for her.

“Did you fall off your high heels while you were dancing?”

“You know I wore ballet flats to the ball!”

“Don’t tell me you fell out of your flat shoes!”

“You came home from the ball with only one shoe. Did Prince Charming find the other one?” Gemma-Rose giggled.

“Do you think you’ll ever go ice-skating again?”

“Oh yes! We were given free tickets to make up for missing most of the session.  As soon as my ankle is healed we’re going back.”

Imogen couldn't tell us much about ice skating. Her time on the ice had been very short. Instead she told us all about the ball.

“I’m so glad I didn’t wear high heels to the ball,” said Imogen, as she finished the story of her evening. “All the other girls were complaining about their sore feet. I'm so glad I didn't end up with sore feet…” Her voice trailed away as she looked at her elevated foot. We all grinned.

So Imogen was a beautiful princess for a few short hours. She floated about in her dreamy dress and glittery shoes, dancing (or trying to) and smiling and having fun. Then the clock struck midnight (or 2 pm), and as she raced across the ice, she fell head over heels and lost her glass slipper. And now she is hobbling around on crutches.

Cinderella on Ice.. a real fairy tale story.



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  1. Thank goodness she got through the ball in one piece though. I think she could be a kindrid spririt, things like that happen to me too ... lol

    Poor Immy, make sure she really rests it. Take it from someone who might be having surgery on her ankle cause she rushed back onto it too soon!

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    1. Lisa,

      Imogen said, "I'm not wearing high heels. I don't want to fall off them and break my ankle." That makes us laugh now. High heels didn't turn out to be the problem! I suppose she could have tripped over the hem of her long dress at the ball. But no, she got through the ball in one piece only to injure her ankle ice-skating the next day!

      I passed on your advice to Immy, and she's going to take care. I'm so sorry to hear you're having ankle problems too. I hope you can avoid the surgery. I guess you just want your feet back to normal. Being a runner, I always try to take care of my feet and legs. When I had an injury last year it was so frustrating. We tend to take our ability to move for granted until we hurt ourselves. I hope your ankle is healed soon!

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  2. Oh for heaven's sake! I can't believe it!! Poor girl! She has a great attitude though...
    and as an aside: I love your home, the little I can see of it.
    Give her a hug from us in NY and tell her we hope she recovers quickly so she can get back out there dancing!

    Love ya

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    1. Chris,

      I don't think the accident spoilt Immy's weekend at all. She is still hobbling around with a swollen foot, and isn't able to put any weight on it. She's not complaining but I know she's missing driving the car. Thank you for the hug! Yes, soon she'll be back out there dancing and back on the ice!

      Our homes reveal a little more about who we are. The top photo was taken in our living room. You can see some of my pictures on the wall. The first one is a drawing of Mary and Jesus done by my sister Vicky. The second is of course Our Lady of Guadalupe. It's a very special picture. I cross stitched a picture for a friend in remembrance of her baby who died. When Andy delivered the framed picture to my friend, she gave him Our lady of Guadalupe to bring home for me. It was a totally unexpected gift. It connects me with my friend and our babies, and also Our Lady. The third picture is Thomas' cross stitch. I made that for him during the early months after his death. I wrote a blog post about it and Our Lady of Guadalupe. I might repost it some time!

      Love you too! Thank you for stopping by.

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  3. Definitely a Cinderella story! And good for her for wanting to go back and ice skate again. I hope she feels better soon!

    : )

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    1. Stephanie,

      Yes, the fall on the ice hasn't put Imogen off ice skating. She is eager to give it another go! Her foot hasn't improved much yet but there's no hurry. She can afford to have a few easy days and stay home and rest it.

      Thank you so much for your comment. It's lovely to see you on my blog!

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  4. Ahhh,a tragic tale of a girl and her ice skates...Poor Immy, take care of that ankle!

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    1. Karla,

      A tragic tale indeed! Ice skating is dangerous! Did I mention it was Immy's first time on the ice? She was so excited to be going ice skating. It's a pity she had the accident so early in the session. But she's got free tickets for another day. I hope next time when she falls over, she lands better.

      Thank you so much for your concern!

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  5. Oh goodness, I hope and pray she feels all better soon!

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    1. Nancy,

      Thank you for your prayer. Immy's in good spirits. I'm hoping the ankle is healing even though it is very swollen and sore. She can't do much at the moment but she can talk so I interviewed her this afternoon for another video!

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  6. When I first saw that picture of Imogen with cruthes, I feared she newer made it to the ball. But now I'm glad to know she made it there and even had a good time there. I never went to a ball nor know anybody my age who ever did. It's like something out of fairy tales and English novels, where a girl's first ball is being discussed and looked forward to for a long time. It must be wonderful, what wiht the dreamy blue derss and dancing and all ... and I'm glad to hear that she's all ready to go ice shating again when shes mended. Ice skating is so much fun, we always went ice skating in the winters when I was young. Mend quickly, Imogen, and take care.

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    1. Uglemor,

      It would have been so sad if Imogen had had the accident before the ball. But she did make it to the dance and had a wonderful time!

      Yes, I also think of fairy tales when I hear the word 'ball'. I think of Cinderella. Also Jane Austen. Imogen said she felt just like an Austen heroine all dressed up in her pretty dress. My eldest daughter never went to a ball so I didn't know anything about them. Now I am a ball expert!

      Do you go ice skating outdoors or in a rink? It can feel so strange here when the weather is very hot outside but so cold inside the rink!

      Thank you for your kind words. I'll pass them onto Imogen!

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  7. Hope Imogen feels better soon! Glad she made it to the ball!

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    1. Colleen,

      Imogen had a great time at the ball. I asked her if the weekend was spoilt by the accident and she said, "No!" Thank you for your comment!

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  8. Too bad that Prince Charming didn't show up and "rescue" her from the ice :). What a relief it was "only" a twisted ankle and nothing serious and she already had gone to the dance.

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    1. Eva,

      Prince Charming might have showed up and rescued Imogen from the ice but if he did, I wouldn't be allowed to tell anyone!

      A fracture would have been much more serious than a sprained and swollen ankle. At least Imogen doesn't have a cast. And yes, it happened after the ball and not before. Lots to be thankful for!

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  9. Oh my gosh!!! Poor Immy! I am so glad she enjoyed the ball. I remember when I went ice-skating for the first time... I fell three times!
    Imogen has such a wonderful attitude! You guys are terrific, driving all the way to Sydney to rescue her!
    I hope her ankle gets better soon!

    God Bless
    -Gemma

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    1. Gemma,

      You only fell over 3 times the first time you went ice-skating? I fell over hundreds of times!

      I don't think we could have let Immy hobble on the train! We didn't mind picking her up at all. Thank you so much for your comment. I will pass it onto Imogen.

      God bless!

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  10. Wow! I'm so glad that she had fun at the ball. Good thing the ball came before the ice skating! Glad to hear that her accident didn't change her mind about ice skating!

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    1. Monica,

      We are all glad the accident happened after the ball. It would have been so sad if Imogen had missed it after all the preparations. She is an adventurous girl. An accident won't put her off ice skating. She'll just take more care next time!

      God bless!

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  11. My goodness! Between the emergency room visit and the wildfires, it has truly been a rough week for you. Praying for your family tonight!

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    1. Dana,

      Life is certainly interesting! Imogen's foot is still healing but at least she's not using the crutches any more. She could never have helped me load up the van for an evacuation yesterday if she'd had her hands full of crutches.

      I appreciate your prayers. Thank you!

      God bless!

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  12. She's still beautiful...even as Cinderella "after" the ball....with twisted ankle and all!

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    1. Patricia,

      Not so glamorous but I agree: Immy is indeed beautiful and I'm very proud of her. Thank you for your kind words.

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