Ouchies and Major Surgery

This is for Lauren’s Throwback Thursday, which this week is about “ouchies, owies, and boo boos,” in other words, memories about getting sick or hurt growing up. Thanks to Astrid, whose post led me to this prompt, and whose blog is really interesting, too! 🙂 I am also linking to Brian’s prompt because I think this title is sufficiently attention-getting (especially considering that I’m not good at making up titles).

For minor cuts and scrapes, my mom would kiss them to help them feel “all better.” She would also check for a fever by kissing our foreheads (I have 2 brothers, so that’s why I am using the word “our”). Nowadays. my mom has chronic knee pain, so sometimes I offer to kiss it in order to help it feel better. 🙂 If only it actually helped…

When I was a child, I wasn’t particularly sickly but had several surgeries in order to fix a lazy eye (2 surgeries at around 2 and 7 years old) and to fix my feet (one when I was 16 and others when I was younger than that). Unfortunately, the one at 16 did nothing except give me an awesome scar, i.e., “battle wound.”

My favorite story about a childhood injury is: When I was 2 or 3 years old, there was a full-length mirror at the top of my family’s second-floor staircase. I tripped and broke my arm on that mirror — and I didn’t even cry until the next day! My mom also likes to tell that story, and she once told me, “You’ll be good at having babies.” Hahaha! Thanks, Mom!

kissing the wounds
crying, accepting

adult elephant standing above baby elephant on pasture
Photo by Rachel Claire on Pexels.com

I like these elephants. 🙂

3 thoughts on “Ouchies and Major Surgery

  1. Thank you for joining in. I remember seeing other mom’s doing the kissing and making it all better routine. I added it to my parenting toolbox. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could make it all better for your mom? I can’t imagine being so young and not crying until the next day. I certainly understand why your dad made the statement he did. (By the way, I adore elephants too.)


  2. Billy Collins says he treats titles like the front door to his poems that welcomes the reader to what’s coming. Or you can be like Dickinson, do away with titles, and just let the first line do the welcoming. Either way, your title definitely delivered, and I enjoyed how you were able to relate such a full story with such brevity.


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