There are unique dangers in life – dangers we do not realize until after they have surmounted into injury. One of those dangers, unbeknownst to me until this past weekend, is running with a thumbs up.
My 10-year-old daughter was outside playing with friends, when, suddenly, she was screaming and crying. One minute, she was fine. The next, it was as if she was being skinned alive. I rushed to her and asked her what was wrong. There was a period of unintelligible sobs mixed with motioning toward her hand. I asked again what was wrong and told her to take a few deep breaths. She explained she was running with her friends and gave one of them a thumbs up. It was then that she tripped and fell, directly on her upward pointing thumb. Apparently, that hurts. A lot.
She begged and begged for me to take her to the emergency room. I examined her thumb, making sure it wasn’t swelling, turning odd colors, falling off, etc. I gently turned it this way and that. She didn’t like that part much. In the end, we determined it didn’t appear to be broken. Sprained, maybe. Ice and kisses, prescribed by Dr. Mom.
Describing this event – this injury – got me thinking about a few things. One – it’s a true testament to my daughter’s character that she is so joyous about life that she’d hurt herself by running with a thumbs up. Two – there are some truly weird ways our kids can hurt themselves. Three – we, as parents, are incapable of saving our kids from every hurt.
Tell me about the things your children have done – the bizarre injuries you never realized you’d need to prepare them for!