What was already promising to be an eventful week started out even moreso. Last night we went to a friend's house for dinner. I made rolls, so we also brought our butter bell and a jar of apricot jam. Ed and I carried hot pans of rolls from the car; Ginger carried the butter bell, and Hazel carried the jam. The sidewalk was dark, and Ginger was concentrating so hard on carrying her dish, that she accidentally tripped and crashed not steps from the door. She started screaming, "I'm sorry! I'm sorry!" when she saw the broken dish. We all rushed to her, and when she looked up, her face was covered with blood, and gushing into (or out of ) her mouth and down her coat.
I picked her up and ran to the door - this was our first time at their house, and what a way to arrive! We rushed in and asked where the bathroom was. I had her around the waist with one arm and the other hand cupped under her chin, hoping not to spill blood on their floor! There were a lot of people there, all was commotion, but I got her in the bathroom. I tried to hold her over the sink to contain the blood but when she saw herself in the mirror she started screaming, so I had to put her down.
I wiped her up with toilet paper enough to see that it all came from a large, clean cut on her forehead that was bleeding profusely. We put pressure on it and started to wipe up her face, mouth, clothes, and the floor. She said her head didn't hurt, but her knee did, so Ed started doctoring the large scrape there. They brought us a first aid box, and we continued to wipe and press. I was afraid she'd hit her mouth, too, but then remembered she has so few teeth in the front, there couldn't be much damage there, and in fact there wasn't any. Her hair and coat were crusted with blood, and my hands were covered. She kept crying how sorry she was, and of course we kept telling her it didn't matter, we don't care about the dish.
We waffled over stitches, but decided to just give her a tight band aid for the duration of our visit (they didn't have butterfly bandages.) She was shaken up and melancholy for a little while, then cheered up and played and ate with the other kids.
On our way home, we stopped at CVS to get butterflies, but they didn't have any. So we went to another one. Ginger and Hazel fell asleep in the car. That store didn't have them either. We finally drove to a third drugstore, and also called my brother-in-law, who's a doctor. As we'd been driving, doubt had crept into our minds about home gluing or bandaging it, and he confirmed that with a cut so long, of unknown depth, and in such a prominent place, we should take her to the hospital.
We dropped off Ed and the other girls, then I drove to the hospital and parked in the last ER spot, but not before getting into a fender bender in the parking lot (awesome.) I woke Ginger up and took my exhausted, disoriented, almost-6-year-old in for the lengthy runaround that is the Emergency Room. Did I mention tomorrow is her birthday? That's why our week was already going to be eventful. Family and school festivities on Wednesday, then a friends party Friday night. We've been preparing for weeks.
I'd been a little sentimental earlier, as we drove from drugstore to drugstore, that our perfect little girl was scarred just before her 6th birthday, but Ed put it in perspective. Everyone gets scarred, he said, sooner or later. It's part of life, and each scar tells a story, and now she has a story to tell.
I have a feeling she's having a good time telling it today at school.