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Scar: Even Princesses Can Get Scars

Joined: 4/28/2014
Posts: 18
When our first daughter was born she was proclaimed perfect. She did inherit her father’s large German head. But, not to worry. All the more room for what was sure to be her remarkably large brain. She had the characteristic notched earlobes that are a cherished paternal family quirk, but that made her even “more perfect”!

She turned into a chatty two year old that welcomed her sister into the family with little disruption in her life. For me, not so much. I had started on a different
path with the new baby. Prepared/natural childbirth and nursing instead of bottle-feeding.

Things were going pretty well. So, by the time the new baby was three weeks old, I felt comfortable enough to let my husband go off for a day-long deep sea fishing trip.

My two-year old was a happy little girl and was entertaining me with a dance that ended with a dramatic twirl. However, she miscalculated the final flourish and her face hit the tile edge of the breakfast bar.

It didn’t seem to be a big deal until I saw blood spurting from the bridge of her nose. Apparently we didn’t do a good enough job baby-proofing the house. Like getting down on our hands and knees and checking out the terrain from a toddler’s point of view. When I looked at the edge of the counter, the tile had not been smoothed or finished with grout. It was literally as sharp as a knife.

My remarkable daughter was incredibly calm while I applied first aid. However, I was beginning to panic. This was the late sixties and there were no cell phones.
And, that wouldn’t have helped, because her Dad was out in the ocean! I had a nursing baby and couldn’t imagine bundling both of the girls up and heading across town to the emergency room.

My sister lived in a neighboring town, but it would have taken awhile to get to me. And, this seemed to need immediate attention and probably stitches. I thought of our friendly neighbors across the street and they were very happy to take her. The good little soldier that she was went off with them without a whimper.

A week later her father took her to the doctor to have the stitches removed. When he asked about the scar, the doctor commented, with a straight face, “Maybe she’ll need glasses”. I was a little annoyed with said doctor. He didn’t seem to understand that she now had an imperfection!

In all actuality, it was a blessing that it was the bridge of her nose, instead of a gash on her cheek. Eventually the scar faded and eventually she did need glasses! That was the first of many bumps and falls between the girls, most of which didn’t need professional help. That came from giving them free reign to explore and express themselves. Her father and I realized that perfect little princesses would have had no fun at all!
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