July 22, 2008

No backwards dives

Don't let the dear little idiots do any backwards dives off diving boards, ok? Unless, of course, you enjoy spending Saturday nights in the emergency room and hanging out with plastic surgeons.

The Boy Child went off the diving board Saturday night in a backwards dive and smashed his face on the board. I took him to the emergency room for a 3 hour visit where the plastic surgeon put 3 layers of stiches in the deep cut (down to the muscle) on his chin (2 cm wide). He has to be kept fairly still for 2 weeks until the stitches come out -- no swimming or sports.

He was very brave. I was, perhaps, a bit less brave (but not so he noticed).

The real hero was the Girl Child, one mother who witnessed the incident recounted to me. She told me that while everyone froze, the Girl Child who was in the water immediately went to the Boy Child who himself was struggling to swim (and not really managing it) and propped him up as she propelled him to the side of the pool. I was so proud of her for coming to his rescue. This is what you hope your child will do but you cannot be sure until she is tested. The life guard pulled the Boy Child out but I am certain that the Girl Child materially contributed to the rescue.

It was a long weekend.

Posted by Random Penseur at July 22, 2008 02:24 PM | TrackBack

Wow...I hope everyone (including parents) are doing well and that the BC is going to be ok. Just tell him that girls dig scars, especially on the chin.

And to be quite honest, I would love to meet the GC one day. She sounds like an incredible kid.

Posted by: Howard at July 22, 2008 02:44 PM

Oh, bless.

You have wonderful children. Kudos to GC! Bless the BC. I hope he is okay.

Now, just how many years did that take off of you and the Viking Bride?

Posted by: Christina at July 22, 2008 03:06 PM

A few years from now you'll point to his scar and blame some of your grey hair on that incident. :) GC does sound like a remarkable young lady.

Posted by: Angie at July 22, 2008 04:32 PM

good thoughts go out to your son.

Posted by: sn at July 22, 2008 07:35 PM

you have amazing kids. That GC is something else, though.

Give the boy a big hug from me for being so brave and such a trooper.

Posted by: caltechgirl at July 22, 2008 08:20 PM

Oh my gosh. Glad he's okay, even if you surely have a few new gray hairs.

Posted by: Jeff at July 23, 2008 02:09 AM

Whoa! Fast healing vibes for Boy child.

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