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The moral of the story: Always have some knitting in your bag

I’ll tell you the moral of my story first: Always keep some knitting in your bag.

Dan, my father, and I spent Saturday afternoon in the ER. Dan was working on a small woodshed here at the house and fell, falling on his ladder and bursting the inside of his arm open–basically from bicep to tricep. I’ve never seen a wound on a human being like the one I saw on Dan. It was pretty alarming, to say the least. If you’re squeamish don’t read this—–but you could see fat (very little on my lean husband) and muscle, the cut was so wide open. Ick. Sorry for the gory details, but in a way, it’s kind of fascinating, too. The human body is amazing.

Being the girl scout that I am, when he came crawling through the kitchen door and I got a glimpse of his wound, I tied a tourniquet on it and quickly called my dad to get him to the ER. I was able to stay calm although I was a shaky mess on the inside. Thankfully, they took him straight into the ER but after cleaning and some x rays, the waiting began.

I had the (selfish?) forethought to throw the latest issues of Wondertime and National Geographic into my bag before we got in the car to go. I wish I’d also had the selfish forethought to grab some mascara and a hairbrush. But anyway, when I dug in to my bag to get the magazines out, I realized I had a knotted up ball of organic cotton yarn from a dishcloth (yes, I’m still knitting them) that was on my needles and just inches away from completion.

It’s finished now.

And Dan is home. Lucky to only have a nasty wound, many stitches, a bruise any man would be proud of, and a very sore body.

where i'd like to be all day

I have attempted to write this post (not the ER story, but the next part) several times in the last week. But between being sick and this heat, which saps all creativity, I haven’t gotten to it. There are so many things to catch up on–an amazing IKEA date with Emily, some pictures, some thoughts, some milestones, some posts I’d like to revisit….But for now, I’ll leave you with some fun news.

I am back to blogging for Babycenter as part of their Momformation team of bloggers. When I walked away several months ago we didn’t burn any bridges and communication was open. Last month, they asked me to come back and write twice a week, in more of a journal style of post. So my articles over there will be much like the kinds of things you read here.

My feature posts are called A Bushel and a Peck…after this little ditty that my brother-in-law, who passed away a few years ago, used to sing to his children (and mine). You’ll find them on Momformation every Wednesday and Sunday. Hopefully, this week, I’ll put a link in my sidebar so that you can go directly to my posts on the site.

first front hole

My first post was a bear to write. I struggled with how much to share from my background and then had some writer’s-remorse after it was posted. But it always takes me a bit to find my voice again over there. My second post went up today and chronicles the drama of Emma losing one of her big ol’ front teeth last week.

I hope you’ll stop by and see me over there and PLEASE (yes, do note a bit of begging) leave a comment so I don’t get too lonely. I feel really good about my new “relationship” at babycenter. And unlike last time, I think it won’t leave me lonely for my blog but will simply be an extension of myself and what I share with all of you dear friends, here.

Happy Monday. xo.

I’ll tell you the moral of my story first: Always keep some knitting in your bag.

Dan, my father, and I spent Saturday afternoon in the ER. Dan was working on a small woodshed here at the house and fell, falling on his ladder and bursting the inside of his arm open–basically from bicep to tricep. I’ve never seen a wound on a human being like the one I saw on Dan. It was pretty alarming, to say the least. If you’re squeamish don’t read this—–but you could see fat (very little on my lean husband) and muscle, the cut was so wide open. Ick. Sorry for the gory details, but in a way, it’s kind of fascinating, too. The human body is amazing.

Being the girl scout that I am, when he came crawling through the kitchen door and I got a glimpse of his wound, I tied a tourniquet on it and quickly called my dad to get him to the ER. I was able to stay calm although I was a shaky mess on the inside. Thankfully, they took him straight into the ER but after cleaning and some x rays, the waiting began.

I had the (selfish?) forethought to throw the latest issues of Wondertime and National Geographic into my bag before we got in the car to go. I wish I’d also had the selfish forethought to grab some mascara and a hairbrush. But anyway, when I dug in to my bag to get the magazines out, I realized I had a knotted up ball of organic cotton yarn from a dishcloth (yes, I’m still knitting them) that was on my needles and just inches away from completion.

It’s finished now.

And Dan is home. Lucky to only have a nasty wound, many stitches, a bruise any man would be proud of, and a very sore body.

where i'd like to be all day

I have attempted to write this post (not the ER story, but the next part) several times in the last week. But between being sick and this heat, which saps all creativity, I haven’t gotten to it. There are so many things to catch up on–an amazing IKEA date with Emily, some pictures, some thoughts, some milestones, some posts I’d like to revisit….But for now, I’ll leave you with some fun news.

I am back to blogging for Babycenter as part of their Momformation team of bloggers. When I walked away several months ago we didn’t burn any bridges and communication was open. Last month, they asked me to come back and write twice a week, in more of a journal style of post. So my articles over there will be much like the kinds of things you read here.

My feature posts are called A Bushel and a Peck…after this little ditty that my brother-in-law, who passed away a few years ago, used to sing to his children (and mine). You’ll find them on Momformation every Wednesday and Sunday. Hopefully, this week, I’ll put a link in my sidebar so that you can go directly to my posts on the site.

first front hole

My first post was a bear to write. I struggled with how much to share from my background and then had some writer’s-remorse after it was posted. But it always takes me a bit to find my voice again over there. My second post went up today and chronicles the drama of Emma losing one of her big ol’ front teeth last week.

I hope you’ll stop by and see me over there and PLEASE (yes, do note a bit of begging) leave a comment so I don’t get too lonely. I feel really good about my new “relationship” at babycenter. And unlike last time, I think it won’t leave me lonely for my blog but will simply be an extension of myself and what I share with all of you dear friends, here.

Happy Monday. xo.

29 comments on “The moral of the story: Always have some knitting in your bag”

  1. Glad to hear Dan is ok. You might want to check the link to your first post over at Babycenter, it seems to have an extra http in there.I’m off to read your posts now. 🙂

  2. I’m glad Dan is OK. My husband is building a barn and I won’t let him work unless I’m home. He grumbles, but now I have even more reason to stick to my guns!

  3. I hope Dan is feeling better. That must have been very taumatic for him and you! I hate the ER.

    I will come over and visit on babycenter.

    I can’t believe Emma is losing teeth already. Evie isn’t even close to losing a tooth. Much to her dismay.

  4. gaaaahhhhh – tell dan i’m sorry. ack!!

    mm, i was wondering what you’ve been up to! congrats & i’ll e-mail you soon…

    xoxoxo

  5. oh Molly! oh Dan! Geez, I’m so sorry. I guess its the kind of thing that gives us stories to tell down the road, huh? And you know we all understand the grabbing of the mags and knitting. Oh yes!

    Take good care.

  6. Oh, Lordy. Prayers for Dan for speedy healing! I always have some knitting in my purse for extended wait times. . . . it helps. It’s not selfish, it helps to keep you sane.

  7. Bushel and a Peck! My grandmother would sing me that when tucking me in. It brings tears to my eyes! I’ve often wondered where the song came from. Thank you.

  8. Gosh! I hope he is feeling better and on the mend. That is the kind of thing my husband does, we used to be regulars at Accident and Emergency.

    Hope you are feeling better from the sickness as well soonTake Care

  9. It’s great to hear that your husband is ok!I hadn’t heard about Momformation, but will absolutely be checking it out, so glad I’ll be able to read you there too)))

  10. Oh my goodness! So glad and relieved to hear that your husband is safe. My best wishes for a speedy recovery, though I’m sure that with all his girls around him he’ll be perfectly fine 😉

  11. So sorry you had to go through this. Will pray for speedy healing for Dan.

    Beautiful post on Babycenter! I feel bad that you had a little writer’s remorse, though. It was all beautifully written and shows how special you are on the inside. Hope that remorse passes by, if it hasn’t already.

  12. oh no! molly! how’s he doing? how are you doing? (do you know about the homeopathic rescue remedy?) sending you big hugs. and yes, the moral of the story is – always keep knitting in your bag!

  13. Are you THE Molly of BabyCenter that Shelley Spradlin always talked about? I’m on that infamous July 2000 board that traveled from preg.org to babycenter to a private address (or two or three). The troublemakers have since split off and we have a very nice group now. But it was crazy to see what happened to everything. I digress.

    Hope your hubby gets well soon. That must have been really frightening.

  14. I hope Dan is doing alright. Wow, that must have been quite a scare. I like your moral though… I always bring some kind of book or activity with me wherever I go. It never hurts to have something to whip out and occupy yourself with! I really really enjoyed reading your two articles and hearing your family’s story. You’re a great writer. I like your style. Take care and I hope you’re gearing up for a great Tuesday.xox,Linnea

  15. Sorry to hear about your ER trip. We had a much milder one a few weeks ago and I kept wishing I had some knitting. Hope that Dan is on the mend.

  16. Glad to hear that Dan is alright. And sounds like you have a bit of nurse in ya.

    I also wanted to let you know, I haven’t heard from my swap partner yet. But I also found out that something is wrong with my email and probably has been for about a week. Bounces emails back saying I don’t exsist. So the poor lady has probably been trying.I’ve listed my other email address that should work fine.Thanks Molly

  17. Have you got Sing along with Putamayo?http://www.putumayo.com/en/putumayo_kids_catalog_item.php?album_id=122 It has that song on it and the CD is one of our favourites. You can’t help but have the whole family dancing around the house.

    Poor Dan. You do realise how lucky he was to fall from a ladder with only that wound? No broken bones is a HUGE blessing. My husband was also fortunate in a similar fall but we were told so many stories of broken backs etc. Eeeek.

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