Sunday, April 16, 2017

Mommy Loves You

"Mommy," my daughter Natalie said as she returned home from school. "I had a miserable day."

I hugged her. "Why?"

"I can't participate in PE. I can't participate in recess. And a boy called me Cast Face."

I swallowed back a laugh at that. I knew it had to be difficult for her. Natalie broke her wrist and the doctor wrote a note saying she was excused from PE for six weeks. This also includes recess, to be safe. She is still able to go outside with the class, but she has to sit out. My daughter is active, so this is tough. She loves PE. While some kids would be cheering to be able to sit out, mine is miserable.

"It's so you won't hurt yourself. Or your wrist even more. You heard what the doctor said."

He had told Natalie to take it easy, that she didn't want to hurt her wrist any further. It's hard for Natalie to "take it easy." Her feet are itching to run. To jump. To climb.



"And as for the boy who called your Cast Face, tell him he's not very smart. You don't have a cast on your face." I scowled. Why do kids have to be such jerks?

"Plus my teacher snapped at me and was like, 'You better not be running around at recess,'" and I was like, 'I'm not.' I wanted to tell her not to yell at me for nothing." Natalie eyes filled with tears. "It just feels like ages. I miss recess." Her chin quivered.

"It hasn't even been a week yet and when you come home from school, you're running all over the place. I have to constantly remind you to walk," I pointed out.

Natalie gave me a Look. "It's so boring to sit out."

"Read a book," I suggested. As a kid, my face was always in a book. My friends would get annoyed. "Amber," they'd say, "could you put your book down and play with us?"

"I don't like to read like you do. It's like you don't know me at all," Natalie replied dramatically.

I had to swallow down a laugh again.

"Hey," I said. "I know it's tough. Remember I had a cast around your age. I had to sit out."

"But you were fine with it because you read." Natalie stuck her tongue out.

It pains me that she doesn't love to read like I do. "Well, yes. But it was still tough." I stared at her cast. "How about I sign it and when you're feeling down, you can look at it and cheer up? You'll know I'm thinking about you."



I held my breath. Natalie is at an age where notes from her Mommy isn't always cool anymore. Maybe she'd snap at me and say it was a silly idea.

But...

"Okay," Natalie sniffed.

I found a marker and gently took her cast. It was a rough surface, so my writing wasn't that neat. But Natalie knew what it said.

"There," I said. "If you're feeling sad, just look at that."

Natalie stared at it. "I will. Thank you, Mommy."




"You're welcome."

59 comments:

  1. Oh poor Natalie. I am glad you were able to console her a little bit. I know it's hard to be "left out" for kids that age.

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  2. awww, this is very sweet. It's so hard to see your kids hurting. Sounds like your daughter is a resilient little thing though and before she knows it she will be shipshape and ready for the next adventure. I'm so glad you shared this. Cheers.

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  3. Poor baby. My youngest broke both elbows and it was miserable. You are A Good mom for trying to heal her little spirit

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  4. Awww I can totally relate! I would hate to not be able to run and jump around! This was such a sweet post!

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  5. Tell her my pugs love her too! And they send her tons of kisses and hugs.

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  6. Of course it's hard. She is a force to be reckoned with. I am the same. I can't stay put i need to be moving.

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  7. Aww..It's sad to see kids sad but we moms are great at cheering them up. They are so cute with all the things I they tell us. Fast recovery to her.

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  8. Awww bless her for an overly active girl like her it must really be tough for her

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  9. Aww poor sweet girl!! Sending hugs her way!

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  10. Poor Natalie. I would have loved to have been excused from PE but I can see that she really wants to join in bless her xx

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  11. Aww I hope she gets better soon. Sounds like you have an amazing daughter.

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  12. Awww Natalie. Kids can be so mean about the strangest things. Fortunately, it seems you have raised a reliant and strong young woman. Kudos mama.

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  13. Awww, Natalie! Hope she feels better soon! I know sitting out can be rough.

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  14. Cute story, I'm sure she will barely remember losing out because of her injury. After she is fully recovered, she'll be too busy making up for any lost time.

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  15. My youngest had to wear a walking boot for a foot fracture and he had a tough time sitting still. I bet she is counting down the weeks.

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  16. I'm not a bookworm, too, so I get where Natalie is coming from. But it's something she has to deal with, she's a smart girl. 🙂

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  17. Ooh no I hope Natalie recovers well and soon, I had bullies in primary school and high school she is lucky to have a mother like you that advises her well at such an early age.

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  18. I would have been one of the kids happy not to have to participate haha! I hope she recovers quickly, poor girl.

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  19. Aww we love her all, hope she will recover soon :D and then we will get to check put more of your fun posts. Love your way of writing and expressing gear :)

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  20. Poor little munchkin!! I loved your comment about her not having a cast on her face though - that part made me laugh because it's exactly the same thing I used to tell my youngest when she would cry because her Uncle thought it was funny to call her a pickle. I'd just say, "Well, are you a pickle?" And she'd say no, of course, and I'd say, "If he calls you a pickle, will you possibly turn suddenly into one?" And she'd laugh and say no again. Problem solved.

    It was sweet that she wanted you to sign her cast too. Enjoy the moments.

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  21. It is so sad that we have to encourage our children from this type of mean behavior. I would have been happy to sit out of PE.

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  22. I remember having to sit out during PE because of various health things as a kid. It wasn't fun to sit on the sidelines, and some of the kids were outright cruel. I hope your kiddo is handling it well. Being a kid is tough.

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  23. I hope Natalie recovers fast. I could imagine that it's not fun having a cast on.

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  24. Getting hurt and having to get a cast is never fun. What a beautiful thing you did by writing a special note for your daughter to read when she is feeling down.

    xo
    Molly
    www.allaboutgoodvibes.com

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  25. Kids are so adorable when they feel like they're restricted even if it's for their own safety. I'm sure she'll do fine. Time flies. Are they not allowed to bring a toy that she can play with while in recess?

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  26. Aww, I feel for her. I used to be so active as a child and it was tough to sit it out especially when your friends are in front of you having loads of fun! I hope she gets better soon!

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  27. I hope she is feeling well so sad how some kids are so cruel with others!

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  28. I feel sad for her. I could imagine that it's not fun having a cast on.

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  29. It's definitely hard when recovering from any injury that requires one to alter their routine. I actually know many adults who struggle with such. Continue to remind your daughter it's for her greater good. I think it's awesome that she appreciated you writing on her cast.

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  30. Get well natalie! I know you will get better soon natalie because you are a smart and brave girl.

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  31. Aww! I hope her arm gets better soon. Kids can be so mean. Just remind her to keep her head up and smile. She will be able to have recess soon!

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  32. I absolutely LOVE the way you tell stories. It's exactly like I am right there with you in the moment. Bless her little heart and her cast. I'm sure that's a tough one, especially for a little girl who loves to play!

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  33. I've been in similar shoes. Nothing worse than having to sit out whilst nursing a break.

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  34. Hopefully she'll feel better soon and find something to do which will entertain her in the meantime. Very nice storytelling!

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  35. This is adorable. I had a cast in 4th grade on my fingers/arm myself. I know how hard it can be and how not understanding people are. Feel better!

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  36. Awww...so sweet what you wrote!
    And "cast face" is soooo lame and uninspired. Man, kids are still terrible at teasing!

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  37. I remember when I was little too, I used to cry out loud to my mother every time I feel sad. I hope she will be better and always lean on to you. A mother that she can always count on. -ANOSA

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  38. Oh this is such a hard time, she is growing and changing but still wanting her Mommy. So sweet! I hope she heals fast and her arm is back to normal in no time!

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  39. Kids are prone to a lot of danger since they are very active. But things happen and we just can't avoid it. As parents, giving your support and just being there for them is more than enough. I hope she'll be okay.

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  40. Aww - I am sure that was hard on her! It is always hard to find the perfect approach as a parent, but it seems like you have it down!

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  41. Kids are so adorable. It is sad whenhave to encourage our children from this type of mean behavior.

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  42. I know how it feels to be miserable, the feeling of being left out and everything. Hope she feels better soon!

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  43. I know how it feels...I hope she get's well soon

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  44. My heart breaks for her. Glad that you are giving her all the support and love she needs.

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  45. I know that has to very difficult for her! I hated being left out when I was in my cast in elementary. I wish her a speedy recovery!

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  46. Aww, sorry to hear about her arm. Hope she feels better soon.

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  47. Awww! Notes from my mom is still cool to me. I love it when my mom writes me notes.

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  48. This happened to my daughter a few years ago. It was the longest six weeks of our lives!

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  49. Cast face? really? kids are such jerks, but that's so bad of an insult you can't help but laugh at it. Hope she had a better day!

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  50. I can imagine how 'painful' it is to be held back as a kid with a cast. I was on crutches with a knee immobilizer as a young adult for 6-8 weeks, and felt like crawling out of my skin.

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  51. Ohh No! I feel sad for her and I know the feeling and I hope she feel well

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  52. awwww, I hope Natalie gets well soon so she can be active again. It's nice to know that your notes comforts her and cheers her up when she's down.

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  53. It sucks that she broke her wrist, but I love how you can be so sweet, even when you want to laugh. Such a sentimental post.

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  54. Ohh! That's so sad (: I hope she recovers faster. Lovely write up.Thanks for sharing.

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    Nisha

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  55. Aw what a cutie your daughter is. I love her hot pink cast though, it's quite the groovy fashion statement!

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  56. speedy recov for her, shes is a cute kid, and you sure do love her alot as shown on this very post. all the best to her, Hugs from me.

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  57. Poor Natalie, I know this time is hard while she waits for healing. She such a burst of energy

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  58. How sweet of you! She is lucky to have you as her mum...

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