A Tough Day As A Parent

A Tough Day As A Parent
04 Oct 2013

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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…

Lauren in car

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!

Lauren at desk

At the end of the day, I am happy it was not a serious injury. She’s a tough girl, and it will heal.

Big Daddy

Craig Silva

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  1. Sorry to hear about your day yesterday! Glad to hear all was fine by the end of the day and your daughter is OK.

    Have a great weekend!


  2. William Goddard : October 4, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Sorry to hear amigo…hope she is OK and I dread the day I get that call

    • BigDaddyKreativ : October 5, 2013 at 10:33 am

      She’s doing well. She’s at a friend’s birthday breakfast party right now. She refuses to let this bother her.

  3. Sorry to hear this news, man! I’m glad she’s such a trooper, and I can’t yet relate — but I know that in the event something like this happened to one of my kids, I don’t know if I’d handle myself as well as you did!

    Happy it wasn’t more serious!

    • BigDaddyKreativ : October 5, 2013 at 10:36 am

      This isn’t the first time one of my 2 daughter’s has gotten hurt. This is Lauren’s second go round with cuts to her lip and stitches. The first involved a run in with a ceramic statue. You can never prepare yourself for this.

  4. MichelleGillies : October 5, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Poor little one. She was probably terrified with all the blood. A day at home with her Dad is probably better than any medicine.

    • BigDaddyKreativ : October 5, 2013 at 10:34 am

      Yes, the blood did scare her more than anything. When we got home, she asked Wendy if the blood would come out of her sweater, because she really likes her sweater and wants to wear it again. My little fashionista.

  5. multitestingmommy : October 7, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    So scary! Glad she is ok now – Wendy just told me about this on Saturday when I saw her – how scary for her and for you guys!

    • BigDaddyKreativ : October 8, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      I’m just glad it wasn’t a more serious accident. Playground injuries suck. You always get them when you are having fun.

  6. LifeInPleasantville : October 8, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Ouch! Poor thing. I swear these things are harder on the parents LOL. Kids are so resilient. Glad to see you have some extra help today ;)

    • BigDaddyKreativ : October 8, 2013 at 5:19 pm

      I didn’t want to say it, but I think I took it harder than she did. Although, it was Wendy that had to be with her during the stitches, so I think she had it harder than I did. I got there right as they were walking out.

  7. SpaceshipsLaserBeams : October 8, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Oh my goodness, sorry to hear! Glad she is feeling better.

    • BigDaddyKreativ : October 8, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      Ya, she is doing fine now. She’s not one to milk injuries, and has already returned to running like Forrest Gump everywhere she goes. No rest for her!

  8. Oh my gosh! Phone calls from school always make my stomach go into knots! Tough job being a parent, eh? Certainly isn’t for the faint of heart! Hope she’s okay :) You and Wendy are fab parents! Big, fat, fuzzy heart you guys!

    • BigDaddyKreativ : October 8, 2013 at 5:17 pm

      Thanks for the compliment Christine… parenting isn’t easy, especially when stuff like this happens. One of the best things that has happened over the past few days is Rachel doing things for her little sister “so she doesn’t hurt herself.” Love them both!

  9. There is nothing that can take years off a parents life than that dreaded call that your child is hurt. Thank goodness she is ok. Hope you enjoyed your little co-worker :)

    • BigDaddyKreativ : October 8, 2013 at 5:14 pm

      I know! When it was all said and done, she did very well. She worked at my desk for a bit, but spent most of the day napping.

  10. I would have been so stressed if the school would have called to tell me an accident had happen to one of my kids. Playgrounds accidents happen more often then you think. They are fun for the kids, but they lack supervision. Good for you for having a talk with her, as I am positive she will be extremely careful from now on. Glad she is fine now.

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