I got a call from school this week to tell me that Will was injured and could I pick him up. In the last 2 weeks both boys have been injured and needed collecting. Will had tripped over the chair in the classroom and gone face first into the rim of a desk. No one pushed him, he well over nothing and didn’t put his hands out to catch himself. Ouch. I wasn’t sure if his nose was broken so off to A&E. Luckily it was just bruised and swollen.
It got me to thinking that in all these years I’ve been teaching the boys about the dangers of life;
- Don’t touch that it’s hot
- Don’t talk to strangers
- Be careful of the road and cars
- Don’t run down the stairs
- Watch where you’re going
- Be careful that’s sharp
And the list goes on… But what I haven’t taught them about is the real everyday dangers. Depending on how special and gifted you are you many not have experienced all of these.
The Door Frame
You know the ones I mean? You go to walk through the door way and the frame just jumps out and hits you in the arm and shoulder. Why did it take offence to you? Who know’s it seems fine with everyone else but it will leave you nursing a bruised arm. I think the door frames in our house have a competition going on which one can hit me the most.
The Moving Stairs
No I don’t mean escalators. I’m talking about the ordinary stairs you have at home. The ones where you go to walk up them and all of a sudden, without warning the next step suddenly shrinks away into the staircase. You go flying falling up the stairs, often dropping what you were carrying and bruising your knees. Be warned this can also happen when you walk down the stairs causing you to skid and bang your bottom.
In true Toy Story fashion, the kids toys watch as we walk around the house, they wait for an opportune moment and then as you’re walking along and not watching the floor they try and trip you up. Unless it’s Lego, Lego’s sole purpose isn’t to make you fall but to laugh as you hop around in pain after standing on it.
You’re minding your own business out for a walk being careful to walk along the pavement, we’ve all be taught about the dangers of cars and don’t walk on the road. You get to a crossing, diligently look both ways and safely cross, you go to step on to the next pavement and the curb suddenly grows in height causing you to stumble forward. You catch your footing and it’s just a stumble, hopefully nobody saw you. The curb doesn’t want to cause you damage just make you look foolish, it feels left out as is under appreciated, people only every talk about the pavement.
Now only very special and gifted people, like myself, will experience ‘the nothing’. This is constantly watching and following you around and looks to strike at any occasion. You can be walking along in sensible flat shoes, on a flat surface and all of a sudden you’ll trip over or twist your ankle. There is never any offending object to blame it’s invisible, this is the power of ‘the nothing’.
How many of these have you experienced?
Let me know if there are any other’s that I should be teaching the kids about.