Ryan and I are on the mend, but Sean has the cold now. I was up with him throughout the night, holding him and rocking him while he screamed with rage. He doesn't like fevers, you see, and is really mad when he has one.
So we're still sick. Ugh.
And I'm still heartsick, to tell the truth, over what happened to a little toddler up in Nebraska. It took me several tries to be able to read all of Dana's story of the accident that took her little boy's life. They are conscientious parents, like we all are, and they'd checked that dresser to make sure it was sturdy and safe. It was a horrible tragedy, so sad, so near Christmas. His big brother and sisters heroically tried to help him.
Dana ends her post this way
In the meantime, take a look around your home. Not just at bathtubs and outlets and choking hazards for we always emptied the bathtub and had the bathroom door closed; we cut his grapes and hot dogs in half so he wouldn’t choke; we did everything we could so we urge you take a long hard look at the things you never thought about before. The things you thought were sturdy and secure. The old, heirloom pieces of furniture that seem so very sturdy. I climbed that dresser once to fix a curtain. I never would have thought it would fall. I know you can’t bubble wrap the world, but right now, I’m in the mood to try.
Please, check your homes because the everyday ordinary may not be as safe as you envisioned.
And hug your little babies. I hope and pray you never know how much you can miss all their little mischiefs.
So I did that, yesterday, took a good look at our home. And I found lots of room for improvement--a heavy box sitting on top of an unsecured bookcase, for example. Just stuff that somehow you don't quite think all the way through sometimes. Rather eye-opening. I urge all of you parents reading this to do the same. She's right--you can't bubble wrap the world, but when something like this happens, it does put you in the mood to double check everything in your environment.
Taking care of Sean last night was hard, but I was happy to do it.