Scars. They’re part of life aren’t they? Marks on our skin forever telling a story of accidents, injuries or even operations. Little imperfections which are part of who we are.
My biggest scar is the one on my tummy where each of my three children was liberated from my womb! Beyond that my scars are mainly from childhood accidents and oddly enough mostly on my head . . . I’ll let you draw your own conclusions. The biggest of these happened when I was messing about with an enormous cardboard tube (I think it had been used for curtain material or something) – I was trying to use it like a crutch, obviously. I fell backwards and bounced my head off a concrete step – unsurprisingly that one required stitches and left a tell tale white line across the back of my head which can be seen perfectly if I wear my hair in bunches. Not a style I rock all that often at 36 thankfully.
I sustained another bump to the head at school – I think I must have been about 9 and I had been allowed to stay in at lunch time to practise recorder in the library. The library had a curtain across and the other girl I was with wouldn’t let me out to go to the toilet. I attempted to crawl out under the curtain instead, straight into the corner of one of those massive old radiators – butterfly stitches to the forehead thanks very much.
Picking up knocks, bumps and scrapes is just part of growing up isn’t it? Be it falling out of bed (Amy managed to break her arm doing that last year), from a tree or off your bike . . . we can protect our children to a point but some stuff they’re just going to have to experience. A perfect example of this getting kicked by someone on a swing . . . how on earth do you teach kids the danger of walking past swings? I swear the only way they will learn is when the inevitable happens and they take a boot to the face as I did when I was about 6 and walked in front of the swings without a care in the world! Unsurprisingly I never did it again. Sometimes you just have to learn the lesson for yourself don’t you?
Dave, in true boy fashion, spent much of his youth jumping and climbing and has broken more bones than he cares to count, some of the more than once. I think we were both surprised that it was Amy who was the first to undergo an x-ray rather than Ben who seems to be following in his father’s footsteps when it comes to a penchant for climbing trees! So far, Ben’s only real scar is one on his head (spot a theme?) which he sustained when he fell at my parent’s house and hit is face on the corner of the skirting board. Looking back he probably should have had a quick trip to A&E and some glue for that one but it stopped bleeding reasonably quickly from memory. His scar is quite obvious when he has a fresh hair cut but otherwise you wouldn’t know it was there.
Amy, after face planting the pavement back in the Autumn and then persistently picking and scratching at the scab whilst sucking her thumb for months on end, has a scar right on the end of her nose which is particularly obvious when she’s cold and makes her look like Rudolph.
Surprisingly, despite being the clumsiest of all three children and spending most of the summer months with grazed knees (in part due to an obsession with wearing dresses) Chloe doesn’t really have any scars to speak of. She is, however, the reason I carry around a stock of plasters and antiseptic, pain relieving cream at all times! Germolene Antiseptic Cream can be used to ease pain and help prevent infections of minor cuts and grazes and at just £1.79 for a 30g tube it’s ideal for keeping in my changing bag along with some plasters and paracetamol sachets. Always Read the Label.
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