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The First Cast

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Today my son Evan got his first cast. I got a call at work around 10:30am from the school to say that Evan had hurt his wrist and they thought I should come take a look. So, I shut off my computer, grabbed my purse and headed over to the school – half expecting to tell Evan that it looked fine and he could go back to class. But one look at it, and I was pretty sure it needed an Xray. To the hospital we went!

This is Evan we are talking about. I’m amazed that he has made it 9 years WITHOUT a cast! This kid is a daredevil. He plays fast and hard and pushes the limits. Always has, always will. He is just that kind of kid. He plays hockey, football, soccer, baseball, snowboarding etc…and he skateboards. My guess would have been a broken wrist at the skatepark. This was my kid at 6 years old, dropping in the bowl:

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He scraped off his nipple at the Canmore skatepark, nearly lost teeth at the Magrath mini-ramp and busted his chin in at the Lethbridge skatepark. I have seen many falls with swellbows and nasty, nasty scrapes but no broken bones….until today.

How did he crack his wrist you ask?? It wasn’t an x-games worthy spill, or anything daredevilish at all. He was laying on the ground and his buddy at school did a handstand, lost his balance and landed on Evan. And bam, just like that…cracked wrist!

We had a great experience in the ER, in and out quickly with a very friendly doctor looking after Evan. After she put Evan’s cast on, we got a quick sandwich from the cafeteria and back to school he went. He couldn’t wait to show his classmates his new cast! He told me he felt famous all afternoon haha. His cast has some lovely autographs on it already.

I felt so bad for the poor kid who accidentally hurt him. He cried and felt so awful when Evan showed up in a cast. We made sure to comfort him and tell him it was ok. Accidents happen. We knew he never meant to hurt Evan. Evan knew exactly how this kid felt because Evan accidentally knocked out his best friend’s 3 adult teeth in a friendly game of mini-sticks last December. I have never seen Evan cry as hard as he did that night, feeling so sorry and worried about his friend. I still get a sick feeling when I think about that night, even though I was right there when it happened and saw it was an accident. This time Evan was on the other end of the accident!

I’m really proud of Evan for looking at the positive side of this crazy day. He was thankful for the nice doctor who cared for him, he was thankful he isn’t sick like some of the people we saw at the hospital today, and he is thankful his cast will be off before golf league starts!

When I woke up this morning, I never thought we’d end the day with Evan in a cast. You just never know what the day will bring!

 

 

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No whining!

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Yesterday my  9 year old son and I went on a bike ride. It was windy, and not regular wind – Lethbridge wind! Gusts to 60  km/h! My plan was to quickly ride around the block, then he would see how windy it was and we would move onto the next activity. Evan decided he wanted to ride all the way to his favorite park which is 25 mins away. I told him that wouldn’t be a good idea because the ride back would be against the wind and it would be really difficult. But this is Evan, who thinks he is bigger, older and stronger than he really is. He insisted he would be fine and to give him a chance…so I did. Urgh.

We rode to the favorite playground, parked our bikes (which immediately blew over). We played hide and seek tag for 45 mins in the gale force winds. It was actually pretty fun and we had a blast! But THEN it was time to ride our bikes home…directly into the wind.

We rode for a few blocks in first gear. Peddling hard but getting nowhere. If our helmets weren’t fastened, they would have blown off our heads. This wind was crazy – but we had to get home!

Evan started to whine and complain! I immediately said,”No whining! You chose this and you need to make the best of it!” We had a long talk, as we pushed our bikes uphill in the wind, about making the best of the consequences of our choices. We had such a fun time at the park and we weren’t going to let a little wind (ok, a freakin’ hurricane!) bring us down.

We pushed through (literally) and I thought my life lesson was successful. He wasn’t overjoyed with this part of the bike ride, but at least he wasn’t whining. I thought to myself, “Wow, we are actually going to make it home without a meltdown”.

Then, 2 blocks from home (so close to the finish line!), a rock blew into Evan’s eye. And the freak out started. Tears the rest of the way home. Urgh.

So close…so close.

The 3 Things….

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My son and I have a bedtime tradition that has been going on for years! We call it The 3 Things. Every night before bed we each name:

  • 3 things that we were thankful for that day and
  • 3 ways we were kind to others

We try not to repeat the same things as the day before. Some days it’s easy and some days it’s not so easy. But we always find the three things. Some days we are thankful for things like a win at hockey, or the sunny weather. And some days we are thankful that we have eyes that can see, or that his friend told him he was a good soccer player during 1st recess. Evan says his things first and then I say 3 totally different things after him.

It’s easier to find things that we are thankful for than it is to remember 3 ways we were kind to others. Did we hold the door for someone? Did he include a friend in his game at recess? Did he help someone with their work at school? Did I compliment my friend? Did I tell my coworker I appreciated them?

Not only does this end the day in a positive way, but it makes us more aware during the day of the blessings we have, AND how we can be blessings to others. .

BE THANKFUL AND CHOOSE KINDNESS.