I got to be honest, these days I feel very stupid as my daughter keeps giving me life lessons and as far as I know I am the parent and supposed to teach her stuff. But lately I find myself completely useless, especially when it comes to accidents.
The other day, my little munchkin who's absolutely in love with kids, saw a little girl passing by and started to run after her, you know, just for the fun of it because she is still a shrimp and doesn't speak other humans' language so obviously her excitement hasn't gotten any feed back from the mentioned little girl. But what do I know? Who knows what's in a baby's mind?
And while she was running with such a bliss on her little face, she stumbled and fell, biting her upper lip and scratching her cute, spotless, pink cheek, bleeding like crazy and scaring the hell out of us.
Where were we, you're asking? About 2 millimeters away from her, yet so unable to do anything to prevent the event.
About a couple of hours apart another nasty event came along when our ever so restless baby girl grasped the door frame precisely when the door was slowly closing by itself (yeah, we've got crappy doors) and guess what! she did not remove her hand even when seeing it coming to grab her tiny fingers, I presume because she likes to experience and she wanted to see what happens. Well, as we all know, nothing good can come from a squashed finger so here's another river of tears and some more scary screams.
|Right hand index finger still pink-ish, upper lip still suffering and eyes swollen as a frog, result of endless tears|
Rest assured though, consolation came in a millisecond, in the form of a certain seaman mom and her comforting hugs and kisses.
She's fine how and her contagious smile is back, thanks God and luckily her ability to eat and her appetite weren't affected by the self applied "Botox".
The lesson learnt: parents cannot possibly prevent their kids from experiencing the pains of our world, no matter how much they plan ahead of time and no matter how careful their eagle eye screens the potential threats along our children's life path. Growing up implies a lot of those crappy moments, at least few more drops of blood and about a zillion of bruises. But nothing makes kids tougher and more aware of the real world than their own experiencing.
I gotta go take a deep breath and a chill pill now :)