Is clumsiness a sport? If it isn’t, it should be. Josh and Abbie have made an art out of falling down, breaking things, splitting heads open and scraping knees….
Our latest “episode” came via telephone on Monday it went like this:
Me – “hello”
Other person”~ “Ms Godzwa? This is Ms McCracken – the gym teacher at the school.”
Me ~hesitantly ~”yes, hello!”
Ms McCracken ~ “I just wanted to let you know that Abbie fell today”
Me ~ sighing ~ “Is it broken?”
Ms McCracken ~ “She was running the 1/2 mile and lost her footing around the corner of the track and fell onto the gravel….”
Me ~ “Is it broken??”
Ms McCracken ~”I just didn’t want you to be worried…”
Me ~ “IS IT BROKEN???”
Ms McCracken ~as if she didn’t hear me the other times…”Oh, it’s not broken, just scraped up real good…”
Me ~” Well, as long as it’s not broke, she’ll be alright”
Ms McCracken ~ “She has a bad gash on her elbow.. *
At this point I interrupt…
Me ~”Ma’am, does she need stitches? Do I need to come get her?”
I am wondering what the point is of this conversation if she’s not broken and needs no stitches…
Ms McCraken “I just want to let you know so she didn’t come home all banged up”
Isn’t she going to come home all banged up anyway?? Perhaps there is a new machine at the school I wasn’t aware of, one that zaps all wounds away…
Me ~ back into mom mode ~ ” well, as long as it’s not broke, we’ll take care of it when we get home, thank you for calling, I appreciate it!”
We have a few pleasant words and we say goodbye.
So I go to pick Abbie and Josh up after school and she has 2 of the largest band-aids I have ever seen on her arm and side….she basically removed the top 3 layers of skin from her forearm – up by the elbow, and her side… she has been fussing some, pain is obvious, but it also was the same arm she broke last year, so I think she has that in her head and is a tad worried…..not the dreaded pink cast again!!!!
I assume she fell gracefully and with much dignity and had it been at the Olympics she would have received a perfect 10!!!!
PS – I received another call shortly after and when the phone rang, and it was the school, I just knew it was broke!!! BUT they were calling to tell me that Abbie had one a coloring contest at school and won a BRAND NEW BIKE!!!! It made the bumps and bruises all better and her comment was as she came home that night
“Mama, no one has EVER ridden this bike before – except ME! Isn’t that awesome??”
Yes – it is awesome, God made a painful day into a pleasant one….