Time to Vote!

I asked readers to send a better story than “I got up, passed out and fell down”, to explain my broken ankle. The entries are in. Please vote for the best story.

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The person who gets the most votes will receive a signed copy of either “A Good Home” or “An Honest House”.

Please vote now.


  1. I say “I got up, passed out and fell down” is the best. Makes me hoot!

  2. You could say, “I suffer from orthostatic hypotension.” That sounds sexier but is not technically lying.

    • Errmmm…. what is orthostatic hypotension, Victo?

      • Low blood pressure that occurs with a sudden change in position. You could also call what you had a syncopal episode or syncope which means passing out. That also sounds kind of sexy.

  3. OR you could say, “The doctor called to tell me the pregnancy test was positive and I just passed clean out!

  4. Carl Randall

    One night while asleep, I had a dream that I was at the gym training for a slot on the Canadian Winter Olympics ice skating team for the 2018 games. I tried to balance myself but fell out of my bed and broke my ankle.

  5. Sorry Cynthia, I have no good story, but how about a run-in with big foot? I can relate. I fell (3″) off a ladder years ago as a 25-year-old and broke my arm! I like Victo’s story.

  6. You could use the same story about your fractures that actually happened to my cousin. On her way out that evening, when she went to get her coat, she accidentally stepped into the cat’s litter box. The box went slip sliding away, taking my surprised cousin along with it. She found herself on the floor with a fractured leg, checking out the paint on the ceiling.

  7. I was playing tennis and as I jumped in the air to serve I landed wrong and broke my ankle, but that serve won the game for me. ☺

  8. Chip Barkel

    You can borrow my story. (Substitute foot for hand.)

    I was going in to make an offer presentation on a house in the west end. We were #11 or 16. It was the night of the last snowstorm of the year. There was one step up on the sidewalk leading to the house. It was icy and I had leather shoes. I was losing my balance but trying not to fall. The more I tried, the more I accelerated falling headfirst. As my head and face hurled towards the brick steps, I reached out and my middle finger on my right hand took the brunt of the force. One look at my hand and I knew my finger was broken….

    The good news is my finger was not broken. The bad news is that it was badly dislocated. The really, really good news is while waiting in the emergency room I found a house for our buyers on Instagram. They went to see that house and subsequently offered and they were the successful buyers. 

    9. Karen

    “I snagged my foot on a root while getting up off my knees from praying to the gardening gods to make my wisteria bloom.”

  9. (N/A)
  10. Embellishments are much more interesting than factual details. It may be a stretch to add someone “tall, dark, and handsome” in the night… but maybe Hamlin would fit the bill. -Oscar

  11. Picking Mangoes in Jamaica and fell off the ladder. Exotic, and believable.

  12. I have just broken the record for the longest ever baseball hit, but I twisted too far round.


    • You were stuck in a ravine under falling boulders and had to break your own ankle to crawl to safety….


    • “I thought I was 20, my body rebelled.” No other explanation needed.


    • You had volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and when President Jimmy Carter started to waiver from the heat, you rushed over to help him and tripped on a two-by-four board.


    • You got tangled up in the dog strangling vine when you were weeding the garden and it tripped you?


    • In utter frustration, you hauled off and kicked a certain high-level US elected official who shall not be named. You broke your ankle but earned the admiration of many Americans.


    • Franca

      You rushed onto the road to save a puppy that was about to get run over by an armoured limousine driven by Donald Trump. Your leg got broken but the puppy is fine.


    • I was about to go on stage when a friend told me to ‘Break a leg’, the thought of it was so frightening that I fainted, and wouldn’t ya know…” 🙂


    •  I saw a “pink elephant” on my way home from the local gin mill and tripped on the sidewalk and broke my ankle.


    • You were the last person in the human chain saving swimmers from the riptide a few weeks ago. And your brave efforts resulted in success! 🙂


    • “I slipped while rushing to a yoga class, which proved my husband’s favorite theory that exercise is bad for you.”

    • OK – 2 possibilities. 1 – the Truth. “I was in a car accident a few years ago. It’s taken years to recover and I’m still not there. Sometimes my body is not where I think it is, and does not do what I think it will. Like this time – I stood up, passed out and fell down.”
      2 –  “My husband stretched his hand out to me, and when I stood up to put mine in his … well, I looked in his eyes, and he was just so damned handsome that I passed out and fell down.”


    • I took a short cut home and jumped over a low wall. Trouble was it was ten feet down the other side.

      I was helping decorate the church and I fell backwards off the font.

      I tripped up the stairs with my hands in my pockets and landed face first.

      I fell over a cat.

      These are all real.




      A teenie weenie mouse did it! As I opened the door, she came in. I tripped on the door sill trying to escape….!!

      Entries From Facebook: 



      Debra Roppolo
      Debra Roppolo  My stories are not so exciting either.  I finally started telling people I was in circus school.
      Dale Ratcliffe
      Dale Ratcliffe  You got tipsy one night, starting chasing Mr. G around the bedroom and slipped on the clothes he left lying on the floor!
      Mark Fullerton
      Mark Fullerton  You were auditioning for the “Life Alert Emergency Service” commercial and practicing the line “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.”

      Rex Deverell  You were walking down the street, perfectly innocently, on a lovely day, but a crane operator had been drinking on the job and lost control of his machine. Right behind you a great hook swung like a pendulum and caught the strap of your handbag. You refused to let go – what was in that handbag? Finally, by the time you and the bag were extricated you were practically in the next county. The landing was a bit rough given the inebriation of the crane operator – hence the damage to the ankles.



Filed under A Good Home, A Plausible Story, An Honest House, Humour - Kinda, Stories about breaking an ankle

40 responses to “Time to Vote!

  1. What an amazingly fun collection of stories. It’s very hard to pick. Mine are #3, 24-2, 15. What a zany story you could weave with this collection of creative concoctions! 🙂

  2. The last one!
    What a collection.

  3. Marilyn mirabelli

    I vote for number 18. ‘Nuff said

  4. MTM’s ‘I fell over a cat’
    Diana’s ‘clearing bats out of the Belfry’
    Chas and Chances Mom ‘pink elephant’
    Rex’s drunk crane driver

  5. I’m going with 11. But I think my heart is really at 1. I hope you heal quickly!

  6. Number three made me laugh. 🙂

  7. Georgeina

    #25 is good. Jumping over a wall sounds as if it could happen.
    If you want to get sympathy plus “Awww, that’s so sweet” you could go with the second one in #24.

    • It did. I have the limp to prove it. The second one was how my Mum broke her arm, the third how my brother had three stitches in his chin and the last one … well actually it was a dog but yes, it did happen. 😉

  8. I like #24…but I’m biased. LOL!

  9. Paula Deronde

    Such interesting replies. Good idea to allow your readers to decide. I like Victo Doloro, not only is is partly true but it will be sure to start a conversation which might result in grist for another book, which I will be sure to read😘

    *Paula de Ronde* *Read to know. Travel to Discover. Live and love.* *There are good ships, and there are wood ships* *The ships that sail the sea* *But the best ships, are friendships* *And may they always be.*

    On Sun, Aug 6, 2017 at 9:52 AM, Cynthia Reyes – Author wrote:

    > Cynthia Reyes posted: “I asked readers to send a better story than “I got > up, passed out and fell down”, to explain my broken ankle. The entries are > in. Please vote for the best story. The person who gets the most votes will > receive a signed copy of either “A Good Home” or “” >

  10. Ron Baker

    #19 is my choice.
    If you had got on stage you would have been part of the cast. But instead the cast is part of you.
    Also, I loved #17!

  11. You should stick with #1 but #30 is a great tale to tell 😀

  12. The last one is my vote.

  13. My vote is for either 17 or (can I vote for myself?) #2 in 24. Go Hamlin! 😀

  14. I vote for either 1/24(1) – the truth
    or 24(2)
    These stories made me laugh 😀

  15. Oh my goodness, these are all so clever. I couldn’t help laughing all the way through. Too hard to pick one! I choose, 3, 13, 15, 17, 18, and 23. 🙂

  16. OK, 3, 4, 14, 25 (if I’m allowed to vote for my own) and 28 made me chuckle too. And the crane driver was good.



  17. Ann Moser

    It’s always the cat 😉 … MTM #25.

  18. Holy cow! Cudos to all of the responders! Bummer about the subject tho 😫 hope it heals fast!

  19. Victo’s third suggestion about the pregnacy test–that’s my vote:). Made me laugh!

  20. I like the drunken crane operator one best (30), though I kind of wish you (or someone, anyone!) had done number 17.

  21. My first time on your blog! Fun to see the creative responses to the subject pic! Light and Love, Shona

  22. Not sure if I can vote more than once! But if only once I think #3 pregnancy is the one.

  23. Gosh, Cynthia, I missed the vote and the boat! So sorry to hear about your broken ankle. My goodness. But was it the cat? How close I’ve come!

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  25. Really sorry about your broken ankle, Cynthia. I hope it’s soon as good as new. I enjoyed reading all the entries, though. The crane one was my favourite. It makes it sound like such a riotous adventure. 🙂

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