I had hoped to have a quiet start to this year. My big trip to Europe is coming up at the end of January, the holiday craziness is behind me so I planned on taking time to just sit back and relax. Well, I should know better by now.
It seems that my children and their friends have been playing hide-and-go-seek in the attic the past few months. I was unaware of this until my son Will ventured into the attic to play on his own. He fell right through the attic floor (made of drywall), bounced off my car and landed on the concrete floor on his hands and knees. Total distance traveled: 18 feet. All of this happened by 10:00 a.m. on 1/1/13.
Here are a few things I can tell you:
- The firefighters and paramedics (yes, they were handsome) told me that if he hadn’t bounced off my car he would most likely not be here with us anymore. In a mere moment my entire life could have been changed forever.
- Timing of surgery is much like a renovation project. If you are told the project will take 6 weeks, you can bet on 6 months. In our case, we were told the surgery to stitch up his head would take 15 minutes when it actually took about 2 hours.
- If you think you are not the type of person who can’t handle this kind of scary event, you are wrong. I hope you never ever have to test my theory, but here it is- you will do what you have to to make sure your child is taken care of.
All in all, we are very lucky. I’ve decided to take some steps to make sure things are in order before I leave for Europe. My trust documents are all new so I feel good about them. I will, however, re-examine my home owner’s insurance policy and talk with my financial advisor about how truly prepared I am for the potential “what ifs” of life.
I can tell you I am grateful that he is already back to his carefree self. He started jumping around like Spiderman the day after the incident and it made me consider creating a clothing line for children made of bubble wrap. I can tell you that is the only way I am letting him out of the house from now on.