Sunday, August 12, 2007


People ask me where I get my ideas from all the time. The easiest way to get ideas is to simply have kids. Of course, having the kids is the simplest part of having kids. Affording kids, not having nervous breakdowns, learning all the latest slang, keeping up with all the technology, and so forth is the hard part.

Every now and then, though, your kid treats you to a laugh that comes out of left field.

My nine year old has been chomping at the bit to go to a skateboard park, and we have one here in Moore. So today, while I’m working, my wife takes him to the skateboard park. He skates for a little while, then promptly crashes and burns and ends up in the emergency room on a Sunday afternoon. He gets his motor skills from his mom. (Hey, it's my blog, so I can blame whomever I want.)

We still don’t know if Chandler has a hairline fracture. We have to wait five days to find out. They'll x-ray again after the swelling goes down. Did I mention anything at all about the patience that’s required to be a parent?

At any rate, when Chandler was getting checked out of the ER, the male nurse gave him instruction how to use his crutches. He told Chandler to balance on the crutches as he put his good foot forward, then use the crutches with his injured foot to move forward. Balance, the nurse insisted, was the key.

Chandler’s response was (and you have to know that he's very methodical and loves big words -- I'll claim that one), “I don't have very good balance. That’s why we’re having this discussion.”

I’m still waiting to find out how much the doctor’s bills will be, and the emergency room, to find out what this anecdote is going to cost me. But since I’m using it on my blog, doesn’t that make the expense tax deductible?


Katie said...

Oh! Poor guy! I hope he doesn't have a fracture. I love what he told the nurse. Too funny! Good luck with him. I hope he's doing better soon!

Mel Odom said...

Thanks, Katie. I guess we'll find out in a few days.

DesLily said...

I read your blog but never have commented before...

I hope your son heals quickly! No fun for a kid to be in a cast, especially during the summer!

Due to the fact that I am in the midst of reading "Quest for a Trilogy", I know where your son gets his sense of humor!

Mel Odom said...

Thanks, Deslily. He tried to go to school today (first day, important, you know) and didn't make it. We hopefully will find out more this afternoon.