The boy was asked to go to a friends house to play!! Seriously!! This is big for us…. like really really big!! Typically playing legos in his room, or even playing with his sister, trumps the unknown of someone else’s house. So, 30 minutes into the “play-date” I get a call from the mom…
As the big girl is climbing in I hear… “Oh no!! Brother, don’t turn your head!”
B: “I can’t if I want to sissy, it hurts!!”
BG: “well it’s hurting my stomach to see it!!”
B: (taunting his sister) “It’s my head sis, just look…”
BG: starts dry heaving…
Me: “Whatever you do do not throw up in this car!! We are almost home!”
B: “You can’t smell blood you are not a vampire!”
BG: “I can so smell blood and yours smells like alligators!!”
*cough cough heave heave*
BG: *cough cough…. puke. on the steps… awesome
B: “sissy did you just puke?”
BG: “yes it’s your alligator blood!!”
B: *cough cough….
Me: Please don’t….
Remember as a kid, as long as it didn’t look bad it didn’t really hurt? Then, you see it… the scrape, the cut,the blood… and it suddenly hurt SO bad. So bad that you limped, and cried, and needed a bandaid, and chocolate milk, and maybe a milkshake, and to stay up late just in case it’s really really bad, and a pillow under the leg/arm/elbow/hip, and how about dinner on the couch just this once because it hurts SO much to move!
God probably laughs as us in these moments as much as we laugh at our kids. We know the hurt will heal, the scar will fade, the memory will become a big story, or will be forgotten by the time the bandaid falls off. Either way, it makes us a little stronger, reminds us that we are human and not as indestructible as we seem to think we are.
As most parents do, I pray for my children with fervor. I pray that they will be hurt, in little ways, so they learn that they are not in fact indestructible. I pray that they have good friends, who warn them when the hurt is getting ready to happen. I pray that they keep running to safety when the hurt inevitably happens, and that it’s minor enough we can still get a good laugh at it later.