A Tough Day As A Parent
04 Oct 2013
Yesterday was one of those days that scared me as a parent.
I had to be at a work event in Toronto at Ontario Place. Because Wendy leaves for work at 6am, and I had to be in Toronto for 8am, I had arranged to drop the girls off at my parents around 6:45am, so that my Dad could take them to the bus stop for 8:30am.
I arrived in Toronto around 8:30am. Traffic was not great. Wendy arrived at work at 7am. My cell phone rang just after 9:00am. It was the school.
“Hi Mr. Silva. We have Lauren here in the office. She had an accident on the playground. She was playing near the swings, and one of them hit her in the face, and she has a gash on her lip. We are keeping the bleeding under control, but she may have to go to the hospital. Can you come pick her up?”
The tough part was, I could hear her crying in the background, which made me uneasy. I quickly called Wendy, and she left work to go get her.
After Wendy picked her up, she texted me…
It’s the next thing that came through that almost floored me…
I left my event as soon as I could, and drove straight to the hospital. I got there just as they were walking out.
Lauren saw me and burst into tears. She gave me big hugs. I couldn’t believe all the blood on her sweater. You never want to see your kids injured.
After 5 hours in the hospital, she ended up with 2 stitches. Technically 3. She wiggled around during the first stitch and they had to take it out.
When we got home, we had a long talk about the importance of safety on the playground. Always keeping your eyes on what is around you; not taking unnecessary risks; and playing safely, with your friends and/or anything you are playing with (playground, toys, etc).
Later in the evening, Lauren was her normal determined self, and insisted on going to choir practice with Rachel.
Today, she woke up a little shaken, and wanted to stay home. I wasn’t going to argue. The girls rarely miss school, so if a rainy day at home relaxing is what Lauren needs, she’s got it.
Plus… I have a really cute co-worker today!
At the end of the day, I am happy it was not a serious injury. She’s a tough girl, and it will heal.