Taking One On The Chin



Another first
just another day of dragon hunting


Our day started well enough.  After an hour of running around the woods there was still plenty of time before the end of the teenager’s soccer practice for us to go to the adjacent playground for a while.  I settled in at a shaded picnic table to “watch this” as she walked across a steel balance beam approximately three feet off the ground somewhere between twenty and thirty times in a row.

It’s an act I had seen quite a bit of on our last visit.  A demonstration of agility she was thrilled that no longer required holding my hand to accomplish.  The latest challenge faced and overcome.

One that we may have been a bit premature in celebrating.


One to the chin
An unexpected detour


A lapse in concentration, a missed step and more blood than I would have expected later and we instead had our first visit to the Emergency Room, seven stitches being required to close the laceration on her chin.

As always, I was amazed by the toughness and resiliency of this kid. There were tears, there was some shock at the amount of blood, and there was fear when she was lay down for the sutures, but she handled it all without complaint.  After a numbing compress took some of the sting away her biggest concerns were over the chips in her freshly painted nails and whether or not she was still going to look pretty when her family came over for Easter dinner.

I’ll be curious to see what happens when we go back.  She has a stubbornness to her that has never really been tested in this manner before.  Will this be considered a failure that needs to be rectified, or a reason to stay away from the beam from now on?

I’m guessing that it’s going to be somewhere in the middle.  I won’t push, but if she needs some encouragement to get back on I’ll provide it.  Both of us will need her to be holding my hand the first few attempts.

There’s an old boxing cliche that a fighter can never be considered a true champion until the first time he takes one on the chin, hits the mat, and gets back up.  Today my daughter took her first real shot to the chin. I’m willing to bet she’ll be ready to go when the next round begins.




35 thoughts on “Taking One On The Chin”

  1. I’m tempting to write, “poor thing!” But that’s not right- as you say, she’s a fighter and only in falling down do we learn to get back up again. I love how you describe the “watch this!” of childhood as well. It isn’t what they’re doing, it’s that we’re watching–seeing them–as they venture forth. Thanks for this post!

    1. there is a sparkly heart on her shirt. Most of the blood was on the bottom where I pressed it to her chin. I’ll bet she’s on the next time we go

  2. She sounds like a brave and adventurous girl. You may have more trips to the emergency room in your future. I have has a few with my daughter who will climb on anything!

  3. oh no! poor thing! I hope she’s back to her usual self – im sure she wont be too afraid to try again with her daddy by her side!
    Im with you on the need to hold her hand as much as shed need yours! Hope she does get back up again!
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    1. By the time she went to bed you’d almost thing nothing had happened. It’s really amazing how quickly kids bounce back

  4. Oh bless her. I love her priorities, all about the nails! I’d be interested to see whether she gets back on or not too, she sounds like a really tough cookie though. Hope she is ok! Thanks for sharing at #familyfun

    1. didn’t take her long to be back to herself. I’m not sure when we’ll get back there, but I’ll be watching

  5. Oh bless her! How brave. It’s amazing the things children cope with really, isn’t it?! I’m sure as you say she may need a bit of support to get back on the beam but she’ll get there. #FamilyFun

  6. I think it can be easy to underestimate kids, they’re tougher cookies than we realise! So pleased there are no ill effects and hope she’s not too put off by it! Thanks so much for linking up to #TriumphantTales. xx

  7. Gosh she is tough. My eldest would have cried for about 3 hours…I kid not. Glad she is well and I bet you were proud x Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x

  8. I would have been out of my mind. At least on the inside. A couple of months ago Peachy did a flip over a box and landed on her face. This resulted in her first ever nose bleed. I tried my best to hide it but I was falling apart. A week later we were at the park and I swear that her face was magnetically drawn to the edge of the ramp leading up to the slide. That resulted in a second nose bleed and more surpressing of emotions on my part. If she ever needs stitches I’ll have a breakdown for sure. Sorry for the late comment. #PoCoLo

    1. I appreciate you reading. Kids are going to be kids. I’d rather her get scruffed up a bit from time to time than be afraid to try things.

  9. Ouch – but hope the nails survived, along with your daughter of course, true resiliency there – a chin can be mended but nails take a bit more time. Thanks for sharing with #PoCoLo

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