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Friday, May 27, 2016

The Biking Wounded

My little soldier.
My kids belong on a stage.
Case in point:
It was a hot, sunny, summer afternoon.
We sometimes get those in Edmonton.
Seven-year-old Erik was riding his bike on the sidewalk.
Next to a street that closely resembled the frenetic scramble of frantic ants when someone has stirred up their nest.
Dozens of neighbourhood kids of every size and variety screamed/shouted/laughed.
Scenarios were being enacted.
Dares carried out.
Counter-dares being proposed.
And through it all, Erik rode his bike serenely up and down.
Up and down.
Up and . . . oops.
Right at the foot of our neighbour’s lawn, in an effort to avoid a collision, he turned.
And toppled off his bike.
I had just come to the door, carrying a bowl of freshly-washed raspberries to offer as a mid-afternoon snack. I watched him go down.
In slow-motion.
Scraping one knee.
He rolled onto his back and, for several seconds, lay there. Then he looked up at me. “Mom!” he shouted. “I fell!”
“I saw you!” I called back. “Come on! Let’s get you fixed up!”
Slowly, he rolled over onto his stomach. Then, with kids running back and forth and even leaping over him, started crawling--crawling--up the lawn toward me.
Dragging his wounded leg.
He looked like a soldier crossing a battlefield.
I shook my head and watched him.
Finally, he reached the steps and flung himself onto his back.
“Mom! I hurt my knee! I think I have gangrene!”
I handed him the raspberries and went to get the band-aids.
Two minutes later, he was back on his bike.
Dangerously woundedobviously-going-to-fall-right-off knee pumping madly as he rode.
Yep. Kids belong on a stage.

2 comments:

  1. Well, either that or raspberries have amazing healing qualities!

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  2. I vote for the healing qualities of raspberries. I have used them to cure a broken heart so see no reason why they can't trump gangrene as well.

    ReplyDelete

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