Remember when Ethan thought he could swim when he couldn’t?! My cautious child doing something that, had God not have been watching over him, could have turned out very very differently.
Well, this past Sunday, we had an incident that basically had me having all the same feels as that incident did. The day was absolutely perfect – perfect weather, we had started the Sunday with catechism for Ethan and church thereafter (our usual Sunday routine). My dad had taken the boys home after church so I could squeeze in my grocery shopping in peace before we headed out to Gilloolys for a family picnic. We were all together – my parents, my sisters and my immediate family of four – I even bought paper plate holders…can you believe it??!!!! At 12:30 on the dot, as planned, we made our way over to the picnic spot with my parents going ahead of us to secure a braai stand. The boys bikes were packed in, Riley even napped along the way (I told you it was a perfect day!!!), and when we got there, everybody was relaxed and excited to spend the day outdoors together. I took the boys on a treasure walk, my sister’s boyfriend took some beautiful family pics and then…the day was cut short… 😦
We had walked over to the park/play area with the kids, and after a while, I suggested that the boys race back on their bikes to nana and grandpa so that we could have something to drink and get some snacks. Ethan gave Riley a headstart and took off at lightning pace to overtake him! He was on a flat and being a real biker boy, he was in his element as he passed his brother and so, in his excitement, he started speeding up very quickly. I saw it a split second before it happened…the paved pathway on the grass was raised in the spot directly ahead of him and in those few seconds, I managed to scream at my sister who was ahead of me to GOOOOOOOO!!!! I remember thinking please let the bike go over the edge but at the same time knowing that it wouldn’t. The bike came to dead stop and Ethan literally flew in the air, somersaulted and landed flat on his face with his bicycle landing directly on top of him. The hubster saw me start sprinting in the distance and knew something was horribly wrong, so he started running toward us. Things are a bit of a blur thereafter. I remember Ethan screaming and crying, I remember getting to him and seeing the blood pouring – from where, I had no idea. I recall a lady apologising because she was walking on the path a very short distance from Ethan and she said she could have stopped it. And then there was a group of men shouting at me that it was all a right of passage and something all boys would go through…but that’s about it. Everything else happened in slow motion. I couldn’t even look at Ethan to ascertain the extent of his injuries as I was convinced that he was so severely injured that I wouldn’t be able to handle it. The first time I recall my mind actually turning back on was when the blood had stopped running so much, and Ethan had calmed down a bit. And that’s when my “mother instinct” kicked in and I got to really assess the situation. I was absolutely amazed at how little damage had been done. From his nose down, his entire face was swollen, his chin was scraped, he had bitten his tongue, his lips were swollen and a few teeth had cut into his gums hence the oodles of blood that had poured out. But you know what – that.was.it!!! No other damage. No head, neck or back injuries. Nothing at all. If you had seen the way he fell, you would understand how paralysis was running through our minds but you know what – we serve an awesome God.
HIS angels were watching over Ethan yet again, and Ethan walked away with very minor injuries. In fact, the very next day, besides his chin being scratched, him talking strangely because of the swelling inside his mouth, and his teeth paining, you’d swear nothing had happened. I spent most of Sunday night going through the “what ifs” and “it could have been so much worse“, but then I prayed and I thanked God that He had His hand over Ethan. We are blessed!!
On the plus side, Ethan’s bottom tooth is loose because of the accident and now we’re very excited because soon, he could loose his first tooth 🙂 🙂 🙂 Haha, the joys of boys!