Head trauma: Now I know it runs in the family.
It was only a few “what the frak..?” Fridays ago I talked about how I feared an officer of the law would think I loved beating my children. In twenty-four hours they both went from smooth, unmarred faces to Head Injuries R Us.
I learned something Wednesday: They come by this trait honestly.
All I wanted to do was pick up the iPod charging cable Lil Diva hid next to the nightstand.
I bent down, my speed set to typical “Mommy Needs a Clone Because I Will Never Get Anything Done”.
Forgetting the night stand rested in the corner. Where it has for the last six years.
My forehead met met the polished wood and ricocheted off of it.
And yes, I did use that word, but just barely.
My four and a half year old came running. “What happened, Mommy?”
“Mommy did something really reckless.”
I pulled my fingertips away and found drops of red on them.
What. The. Frak.
My children run into brick wall corners and sharp wooden edges at full tilt, but I bend to pick something up and manage to draw blood.
I stuck a piece of towel to my forehead and grabbed my children’s ice pack from the freezer-that-doesn’t-freeze.
Forty-five minutes later, I took a photo:
That’s going to leave a mark.
I went out to dinner with my family that night, wearing a Cars water proof band-aid over my giant goose egg.
Oh yes, I did.
I looked a lot my son, just two weeks before, only mine had Lightning McQueen and Sally on it.
I figured if there was anytime I could get away with it, right before Halloween was it.
In hindsight, I should’ve put one on each family member, to really make people wonder. My brain wasn’t really firing at 100% at that point.
The goose egg is greatly diminished now, but I’m sure it will be a great purple/black/green bruise tomorrow when I perform Thriller again at my gym for the Spooktacular, just like last year. It will be the one makeup-less spot on my head, because if my hair lightly grazes it, I cringe. Makeup will not be an option.
At least now I know who my children inherited their head trauma proclivity from.
What perfectly avoidable bodily injury have you sustained?