Painful Lesson

Posted on November 5, 2008. Filed under: The Parenting Thing |

We live in the country, and we live in a windy part of the country.  Someday (hopefully sooner than later) we’ll be surrounded by wind farms and not just corn, bean, and cattle farms.  We do battles with the wind on many fronts.  The wind can easily change your plans to grill out.  It can turn a good hair day into a bad hair day…and sometimes vice versa.  And, it can open and close doors with out any help.

We’ve warned the kids to be careful around doors on windy days, and most of the time they are.  Except the split second when Chicken Fried turned to look at Punk, and the wind shut the car door….on his finger.  I was standing at the door looking out at the whole scene and I knew something was wrong when I saw him try to pull his hand away from the door and it wouldn’t move.  Then he bravely opened the door and pulled his hand out.  By that point, I’ve been told my face had turned white and what normally takes 12 steps took about 3. 

I rushed him back into the house and put ice on it.  Luckily, it only caught his pointer finger and his nail took the brunt of it, but my words of “the car door can cut your fingers off” must have been ringing in his head because he looked at me and said “Mommy, what’s going to happen.”  I must have been in one of my kinder moods because instead of teasing him that his finger would fall off, I told him it was just going to hurt for a few days. 

After the first hour, he was pretty brave about the whole thing.  We’ve told him his fingernail will probably fall off so we’re building up how cool that will be when it happens.  And interestingly, he’s being much more careful with the car door.

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