Where did that bar come from?
Then, "Are you OK, mom?" (giggle, giggle)
Me: "No... Yes. I'm fine." (forced laughter)
Them: (giggle, giggle) "Don't laugh at mom, she got hurt." (giggle, giggle)
Me: "I'm going to go check on the baby and sit for a minute."
Them: "Watch your head on the way..." (loud laugh)
And of course, in a few seconds I was fine. It got me thinking that I have a long history of hitting my head but suffering no serious bumps or bruises or headaches (etc.) afterwards. So, if you care to know, here's a brief history of the bumps I remember in chronological order (and summarized form).
- Age 5 (or so): Hit side of forehead on the corner of a table at parent's friend's house. No stitches needed.
- Age 8: Hit back of head on the corner of a wall at church when I tried to kick a ball but somehow fell backwards. Stitches needed.
- Age 9: First time skiing, forehead vs. tree. (Tree won.) Stitches needed, loathing for snow skiing continues today.
- Age 11: Hit in forehead by a baseball during P.E. Felt fine, but went to the nurse to avoid the remainder of P.E.
- Age 13: Hit head on side of pool in Bay Village apartments - caused a nosebleed and severe embarrassment. (They're not kidding when they say not to run by the pool because you can slip.)
- Age 14: Passed out in the bathroom at Young Women's camp while waiting for a shower, (combination of altitude and heat got to me, apparently) hit my head (HARD!) on the sink on my way down. No bump, no medical attention needed - however, my friends covered me with my towel and got the father of a guy I liked to come help. Embarrassed again.
- Age 16: Goofing around in a VW in a parking lot with friends after a youth dance, driver slammed on the brakes. I was in the front passenger seat without my seatbelt on and cracked the windshield with my forehead. I felt fine. He felt terrible, and so did I when I realized that he would have to replace his windshield. It looked really bad but my head was fine.
- Age (sometime after marriage): Running with my niece at a splash park under a rainbow made of metal bars when WHAMMO! it stopped me cold. I guess I thought the bars were higher than they were. We have that one on video somewhere. No damage, just some tenderness for a few days.
- Age (sometime in the last 8 years or so): Started to back the suburban out of the garage and some (very large) particle boards or MDF or something heavy stored against the wall started to fall on the suburban. My initial reaction was to jump out and stop it from hitting the hood of the vehicle. So instead it hit me (in the head and shoulder, knocking me to the ground) and the hood. (note to self: Hard head, but no superhuman strength. Dang.)
- Age 36: Today's playground mishap. Still a bit tender where it hit, but no bumps.
Oh. I get it.