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Not a day goes by that I do not kiss Emily good-bye, tell her I love her and pray that she is safe while in the school’s care. I have heard too often the could’ve, would’ve, should’ve and refuse to be one of those parents. So, when I get a call from the school in the middle of the day, I have to stop to catch my breath – which is precisely what happened on this day. I answered my cell phone and mild heart attack avoided, it’s the school nurse….now, small palpitations start. You see, my Emily is a bit of a drama queen, thinks a band-aid is the automatic healer for a scrap, bruise or bump – no blood needed for my kid to enjoy a Hannah Montana band-aid, damn the Marketing geniuses.
However, nothing could have prepared me for this conversation. The nurse informs me that “Little Emily” bumped her head on the slide at recess and although she doesn’t see anything wrong she wanted to let me know in case Emily develops “symptoms” later on tonight. I make the off-handed comment that Emily is a little melodramatic and then the nurse drops the bomb….. “Emily comes to see me everyday after recess”……WHAT?! (literally, I half speak/half yell “what”). She proceeds to tell me that everyday after recess Emily stops by with a scrap or bump, she looks her over and sends her back to class. As we hang up I am already planning out the conversation I am going to have with “Little Emily.”
That night, as I remembered this phone call I explain to Emily that unless she is bleeding, dripping or something is completely coming off there is no need to go the nurse – this is going well until my husband is heard laughing in the other room. This coming from the man that has to have his popsicle removed from the stick before he eats it because he can’t have the wood touch his mouth, and then it hits me….HE DID THIS TO HER! So, now, each morning, I kiss Emily good-bye, tell her I love her, pray for her safety and remind her of the nurses’ rules we have previously established.