Nineteen days into NaBloPoMo, and today’s theme is Injury. I’m talking about a serious one today, folks! By the way, if you need some help in the toddler raising department, be sure to read yesterday’s post about how I discipline my demonic two-year-old.
If there’s one thing I lack, it’s experience with bee stings.* Or wasp or hornet stings, what have you. Rumor has it that when I was a little kid, I was stung by a wasp on the butt while I was using a training toilet outside (as you do). But that was the last and only time I’ve ever been stung, and I obviously don’t remember how it felt.
I do remember feeling pretty smug when, a few years back, my cousin’s family was visiting and her husband would not shut up about the wasps in our back yard. “Katie, we CANNOT let our kids get stung,” he said to my cousin emphatically. “That would just ruin our WHOLE DAY.” I rolled my eyes inwardly, thinking he was being overly dramatic. That was two years ago, but unfortunately there’s no statute of limitations on karma.
So let’s flash back to Halloween of this year. We were at a “Boo at the Zoo” event, and K-Man was having a grumpy day. He’s really not into dressing up in costume, but we bribed him into a fireman outfit by telling him it was just a jacket he needed to wear because it was cold outside. Hah, sucker.
Once K-Man realized the event was an exercise in collecting candy, his mood brightened somewhat. Nevertheless, we sighed loudly when he suddenly screamed and threw his pumpkin bucket to the ground. Hubby made no effort to hide his annoyance as K-Man’s sobs grew. But as I stared down at his sad little shaking body, I started to realize something was actually wrong. Though there was no offender in sight, we thought maybe the poor little dude had been stung by a yellow jacket. I had seen them everywhere all morning, and of course his hands were covered in sugar. When his finger turned red and started to swell, we were certain that’s what we were dealing with.
Since I had no recollection of how much a sting hurts, I didn’t know what I was in for with my injured toddler. When the initial tears dried up after a few minutes, I figured the episode was behind us. But no, every 2-3 minutes, K-Man would break down crying in long, morose sobs all over again.
It really was a “bless his heart” kind of moment. Some of the attendants felt so bad for him — without even knowing why he was crying — that they gave him extra candy as he made the rounds.
Eventually we gave up and left the zoo. K-Man’s tearful outbursts became fewer and farther between, but still lasted for several hours. He even woke up early from his nap crying about how his “finguh huht”.
To make him feel better, I told him the story about getting stung on my butt when I was a toddler. Well, that surely left a mark. Here we are, three weeks out, and I will still hear K-Man whispering to himself in the back seat: “I got stung by a bee on my finger and Mom got stung by a bee on her BUTT!!” I guess we’re bonded now.
Until next time,
*I’m totally joking. I am abundant with flaws.