Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A visit to the nature center

Augie was hurtling toward the floor. I watched frame by frame as he landed on his face. On part of a deer skull. With antlers attached. Amid loud, indignant sobs, he clamped both hands tightly over his right eye. I pulled him into my lap, held him, rocked him. Meanwhile, Peter begged, “Let me see your face.” Finally we saw: A large bruise was forming an inch below the eye. We shared a look that said omigod, that was close. As we left, I reached to help Augie down from another bench. “Grandma,” he said, “I didn’t hurt my legs.”   

Mr. London Street has returned to writing his lovely 100-word posts, something at which he excels. When this real-life adventure happened yesterday, I decided to try writing about it in exactly 100 words. You’ll just have to accept that antlers of various sizes are a popular part of our local nature center’s hands-on learning tools. Augie is fine; Peter and I are still a bit shaken.  

14 comments:

Ms Sparrow said...

Kids can scare you to death one minute and make you laugh the next.
Wouldn't life be boring without them?

Writing a 100-word piece is really a challenge. Well done!

Dee Ready said...

Congratulations on 100 words that caused me to gasp for fear that Augie's eye was damaged and then grin when he spoke his confusion. Children are truly gifts.

Peace.

Teresa Evangeline said...

What a sweet little guy. And a great 100 word look at life.

Abby said...

Pretty vivid bruise developing, but good story for preschool today! (100 word post --> 10 word comment) :)

Jenny said...

It always hurts the parents/grandparents more than the kids!

Cool 100 words - thanks!

Jeanie said...

You did a great job telling the story in 100 words....I could certainly feel how scary it was for you. I hope he is healing well.

Rubye Jack said...

That's so precious that he said, “I didn’t hurt my legs.”

Grandmother said...

I love his comment but understand the shaky legs fear you felt. Nice job with the 100 word story and thanks for the link.

lesinfin said...

It is HARD to tell a story in 100 words or less. And this was wonderful! And sweet and scary. I'm glad he's OK :) XOXO

Sharon Longworth said...

You got a fine mix of narrative and tension in that 100 words! I'm really glad it turned out ok in the end.

hocam said...

A story well told within the given parameters. Glad you are all over your fright

gayle said...

Wow what an amazing job!! So happy everything turned out well!

Julie Magers Soulen said...

Oh my gosh! I can only imagine how that scared you. Thank goodness that Augie is alright. Hang in there!

Cheers!
Julie
Julie Magers Soulen Photography

Linda Medrano said...

Dear God! That's terrible. I'm so glad he's okay. Poor you!

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