This is a picture of my son and his family. They live nearby in Sturgeon Falls, where Parker is a teacher and Sandra is a social worker. They are are nice child centered family in which the children are healthy, bright, and active in their school and community.
Olivia, Travis, Sandra (Mom) Dylan and Parker (Dad)
I only got to raise one son as a single parent. I had some role to play in raising some friend's children and my foster children during the seven years I did that. For the most part, I think back on those years as good years. I may even wish I could relive those years again until
I see some pictures like those below.
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My eldest grandson, Dylan) sent me these pictures of an injury he got. He went though a glass door at school. I can only imagine the panic of the school officials not to mention the distress Parker and Sandra felt. I am so glad I am not a parent of young children having to deal with such emergencies.
According to Dylan he got 28 internal stitches and 35 external stitches to close his two inch deep cut. Ouch!
I never did have many emergencies to deal with. Parker, unlike Dylan ,was not accident prone. There was the time when he was just learning to walk and my hot coffee spllled over him and his skin began to peel off. His mother was quick to deal with that while I considered fainting! And then there was the time when he was a young teenager and I stuck the manure fork into his foot. It seems I was a hazard to children.
The worst time was not really an accident. At a family Christmas party Parker vomited all over my aunt's white broadloom carpet, not once, but twice.!! That is the only time I ever wished his mother was around. "Here do something with your child!" It all fell to me to clean up. There was no one else. I was father and mother. . . .and cleaner upper of messes. All in all I got off easy.
Those of you who have children or grandchildren you might want to find out if the children's school has shatterproof glass in the doors and windows. It turns out L'Ecole Publique Jeunesse Active where my grandchildren go to school while quite modern and has at least four glass doors which do not have shatter proof glass.
This is a smaller cut at the bottom of his calf. The muscle has been cut so he will be limping for a while.
By the time Dylan sent me an email with these pictures he was calm and I suspect a little proud to share them with me. He now has a scar to tell his children about!
I am glad my child rearing years are behind me. I manage to injure myself these days without having to cope with injuries to children.