Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Accident

A couple of weeks ago I was in class teaching when I saw daycare pop up on my caller ID. It was about 10:30 on a Monday and immediately all kinds of things started running through my head, including that I didn't have time for this (terrible, I know). We had just started potty training, so I was wondering how she had used all the clothes I sent this early.

Since I was in class, I missed the call, but immediately stepped out and called them back. It was then I was told that E had fallen on the playground and scrapped her face. They told me it looked bad, but she was okay. I was relieved she didn't need additional medical care, but still worried about her the rest of the day.

When my husband got home with her that night, I got to see just how bad it was. They weren't kidding when they said it looked bad. She got lots of extra love and snuggles that night for sure.


One of the hardest things about being a working parent is all of the things that can happen without you around. Not being there to kiss a boo boo or give hugs when she falls is one thing, but there are so many things out of your control that can happen too. (It wasn't that long ago that a car when through a daycare here in Orlando.)

I know that even if I was with her 24-7, I can't protect her from everything. It is one of the hardest things that I have to manage as a parent. The desire to protect her from everything is so hard and I know it will only get harder.

Someone once told me that having a child is like having your heart outside of your body. I couldn't have put it any better myself. At the end of the day, I am thankful for everyday we make it through safe and sound.

And for E's face, it is way better than my nerves. Less than a week later, you almost couldn't tell it happened.  

Less than a week later,
it is amazing how fast she healed.