I’M SITTING JUST A FOOT AWAY from Sally Field, but she wants to talk about osteoporosis, which is why Sally Field is here in February at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show—a seminar on gardening to maintain bone health (good exercise, the healing quality of working with the soil, etc.). Actually, promoting Rally with Sally for Bone Health is the only reason Sally Field agreed to talk to me.

“I’m part of a campaign to bring about osteoporosis awareness all over the country because it is a huge silent threat,” she explains. “One out of two women—_one out of two women_—over the age of 50 will experience an osteoporosis-related fracture at some point in their lives.”

Sally Field is over 50. She’s 61, in fact. God, she looks good. I mean naturally good: fit, apple-cheeked, with fine lines on her face—nothing plastic about her. I can’t wait to call my mom and tell her I was talking to Sally Field. About osteoporosis. “Everybody should be getting a bone density test,” she says. “Because it’s the only way you can ascertain if you have osteopenia—which is the stage right before osteoporosis—or if you have osteoporosis. Your bones become so porous, like wet chalk.”

I can’t wait to call my mom and tell her I was talking to Sally Field about osteoporosis.

That’s a dramatic image. She should make a movie about it. I loved Norma Rae. Sally Field was great in Norma Rae. That scene where Ron Liebman runs into her in the motel after she’s been socked in the face—I don’t think even Meryl Streep could’ve pulled that one off without indicating too much research into getting socked in the face. Maybe I can work in a few Hollywood questions.

“CanIaskgushyHollywoodquestionsnow?” I babble, falling all over my words.

“I beg your pardon?” she asks. I repeat the question more coherently. She doesn’t look thrilled. “Sure,” she says. “I guess so.”

How to segue? Osteoporosis….osteoporosis…obstacles! What’s been the hardest thing for her to overcome in her career? Good one, huh? Huh?

“Nothing,” she says. Oh. “It’s a process,” she continues. “And in 45 years there have been important lessons to learn. You hit a wall, and it’s important to feel the wall, feel the hit, and change and go a different direction. So everything is hard and nothing is hard. It is what it is.”

Hey, Mom, I’m talking to Sally Field! Oh yeah—and you need a bone density test.

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