Monday, May 28, 2012

Our Kid's First Break, Literally...

This week, while at work, I got a call from my husband telling me that Sarah fell in the school playground, that her wrist was swollen, and possibly sprained or broken, and that he was taking her to the doctor to get it checked.

The heat rushed through my body at that moment filled with worry for Sarah, and irate that this happened on school grounds. As a parent, a million thoughts went in my mind trying to figure out what happened as I was not able to get the full story from Daniel at the time. Yet, the reality is, that no matter how much we want to try to protect our children from injuries such as this, we can only help them manage, and mend, and hope they will learn a lesson not to do this again.

Yeah, right. As all of us, heads nodding saying, "not likely."

When the anger slowed and my mental state returned, and after finding out that Sarah literally fell over her own two feet, that I knew that no matter where Sarah was at the time, her falling was inevitable, and a matter of time. This child cannot sit still and runs reckless with abandon every chance she gets. She is a four years old after all.

I guess I am naive to think that I could go through life hoping that I could protect Sarah from all harm, but know that that is unrealistic. So, wishing to package her in a bubble is not likely an option either. One can hope, right.

So, as parents, all we can do is protect them the best way we know how, and can, and hope that they make it through life in one piece. And, if there are breaks along the way, arms, legs, toes, and more, we have to do the best we can not to want to hold them down, lock them up, or hoist them far above the ground to prevent them from hurting themselves again.

Instead, let's kiss them and hug them that much more, pray to G-d everyday for their presence in our lives and the impact that they have on us, and laugh a lot more, live each day to the fullest, and pray for their safety every chance we get.

So, in the meantime, let's decorate their casts and send them on their way for more adventures, because that is life and we can only pave the way so much to keep them out of harms way.


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