She Gets It Honest

I have confirmed that at least one of my children has inherited my lack of gracefulness.  Hannah seems to constantly be getting hurt.  Bumps, bruises, scrapes.  All normal for a 6 year-old, I know.  But yesterday confirmed it.  She is accident-prone, for sure.

Yesterday evening she & I decided to go into the backyard and play pitch & catch.  After two throws she says to me, “Pop fly, Mama!”

So I oblige her with a pop fly.  She misses it.  She then says, “Pop fly!  Higher!”

I oblige her again.  And I could almost predict what happened next.  You see, she was jumping and yelling, “Pop fly!” the whole time she should’ve been gauging where her glove needed to be and when the ball finally started to come down to her, she jumped up to meet it chanting all the way.

Well, it drilled her right in the eye.  And it was loud.  I ran to her where she lay on the ground shrieking and holding her eye.  Once I got her to let me look at it, I could see that it immediately turned black & purple and she had a nice sized knot there.

We came inside and we all told her how tough she was and how this would be a great story to share with her teammates at her next game.  Somehow that didn’t seem to make her feel better.

So what did I do?  Well, I did what any mother would do who had just dotted her kid’s eye.  I went to the Dollar Store and bought her a brand new squishy eyeball to play with since one of hers was out of commission.

As I laid her down in bed last night, she said, “Mommy, do you think my eye will still look like this tomorrow at my game?”
I said, “I’m pretty sure it will be swollen and probably still bruised, hon.”

She then closed her eyes and I saw the faintest smile on her lips.  I can’t wait to hear how she tells this story in the dugout at the game tonight.  😉


6 thoughts on “She Gets It Honest

  1. Becky June 28, 2011 at 10:45 am Reply

    Poor girl! I can only imagine how that hurt.
    But she’s got all the bragging rights to her battle scars. LOL
    Can’t wait to hear how she told her story.

  2. mel June 28, 2011 at 12:40 pm Reply

    I have 2 sons, one was the sick one (ear infections, then asthma and such) The other one was the accident one.
    When he was about 2, he was a tall boy. (He still is, now he is 6’4) Well one day he got on his brothers trike… and fell off into the brick planter. They had a plastic surgeon fix it.
    A few days later he heard daddy coming in the door and ran for it… Got there just as it opened and the knob was just perfect eye height… black eye.

    A few days after that he and his brother were horsing around in the dining room. When he yanked on a chair… the chair had knobs on the top… bang into his other eye.

    The child looked like some one had taken a baseball bat to his face seriously.

    The next day my niece showed up in a surprise visit, from Alaska with her husband who did not know me well at all. She said the next day that that night he asked her.. is mel ok with kids???

    This child has taken us on a wild ride but he seems to be less prone to waling into things now finally!
    Hugs Hannah!


  3. Christy June 28, 2011 at 1:50 pm Reply

    Can’t wait to hear her story! When my boys get hurt all you have to do is tell them they look tough, but that’s never worked with my girls! She’s absolutely adorable even with a swollen eye!

  4. Nancy June 28, 2011 at 5:32 pm Reply

    Love how you handled this. Little girls can be tough too. 🙂

  5. Donna June 29, 2011 at 9:03 am Reply

    Oh poor baby she looks so miserable and sad in the picture..But I am sure at her game she will be as proud as a peacock showing that eye off with a little twist on the actual happenings.

  6. Lillian June 29, 2011 at 9:10 am Reply

    OUCH!! Hope she walked proud at her game last night and it gave her an extra boost of confidence. LOL

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