"Icarus, my son, keep near me and will be safe" - T.Bullfinch
Because my care provider is on vacation this week, I've had to make alternate childcare arrangements. My son spent two days with my mother, today with his other grandparents, yesterday with his father, and today with me -- a rare treat. I had to run a few errands, so it was a lot of "in the car, out of
the car" but we did get him new yellow rubber boots for splashing and a
wind-up powered flashlight for camping trips.
has a lot of fun equipment and a superb view of the ocean. One thing
they have there is this piece of playground equipment that consists of
a series of metal platforms leading to slides and things, but the
entire thing is platformed up about five feet off the ground (Ah, I
love Google: here's a picture,
since all my photos are still in my camera). We spent over an hour
there, as E enjoyed going down the slides and running around on the
platforms. Because of the height, and because there are openings where
the kids can climb up from the ground (you can see one in the photo, at
the top of the S-shaped vertical monkey-bars kind of thing in front of
So, of course, I'm being hyper vigilant and either
getting up on the platforms with E, or running around the edges making
sure he doesn't step off into nothingness and fall and break his neck.
And, mostly, E seems to get that the openings (including the opening at
the top of one very steep staircase) were sort of off limits and tended
to avoid them. At one particular moment, he was happily chattering to
himself as she spun the big ships wheel that overlooked the ocean, so I
took a moment to step away and put my camera back in its bag.
And of course, E decides at that moment that he's going to step off into nothingness.
fell five feet from the platform to the ground, at that very opening
you can see in the photo. I suspect he hit or bounced off of the
S-shaped climber, because he somehow turned in midair and instead of
landing feet first he landed on his left side. He bounced slightly when
he landed, and then was quiet and still for several seconds. Several
long seconds. I had been standing at the foot of the slide you see in
the photo when he stepped off, but couldn't get there in time to catch
He started to cry before I reached him, though, and stood
up and hugged me, one soggy cracker still clutched in his right hand. I
hugged him tight and checked him over, but after less than a minute of