Living and learning 

Parenting is all about new experiences, some good, some not so good. However, something is never in doubt, those experiences are just going to keep on coming.

A few weeks ago we had one of those new experiences suddenly take hold when little Miss E fell and broke her arm. She screamed, one of those cut to the core screams, and yelled that she had broken her arm; so amazingly self-aware, she was right! (Confirmed hours later in a very busy A&E).

Like all life’s little curve balls, there is something to learn from it all and I have been surprised how much I’ve observed from one broken arm.

  1. At the top of the list has to be how amazing the NHS is! How lucky are we to have an fabulous service whenever we need it. The staff were so kind, it made all the difference.
  2. I wasn’t expecting how much pain there would be for poor E. She was exceedingly brave throughout it all, which meant I had to suck it up and be brave too!
  3. The dynamic at home between siblings. E is so helpful at home and she was very upset that she wouldn’t be able to do all of her jobs while in a cast. I thought that her older sister would step in, but it was actually her younger sister who has been doing a lot to help. It has been very sweet to see her looking after her sister.
  4. Once the pain subsided, it hasn’t been as restrictive as I thought it may be. Although I fear after the cast is off E may find it more frustrating that her activities will be restricted for a further 4 weeks.
  5. Adults worry about things way more than children! Once they adjust, they just take it all in their stride – I could definitely do with some of that!

Time flies and soon the cast will be a rather smelly memento, under her bed in her special memory box, just one of life’s little bumps in the road.

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