A Scene Straight From A Christmas Story

Sometimes, you realize you have forgotten to teach certain lessons to your kiddos. Certain important lessons. The other day our household experienced something brand new. Something straight from the big screen. Namely from A Christmas Story. It involves a metal railing and a tongue. Do you have a picture in your head yet? I'll wait.

You all set? Alrighty then. We were getting ready for school last Thursday. We were running slightly late. It was time to bundle up because we have been having an arctic front making the temps SUPER cold. Abby was ready before me so she ventured outside. I was nearly done putting on my hat and gloves. As I watched her slowly go down the front steps while holding onto the railing I had a thought. I remember specifically thinking about A Christmas Story. I can't make this up people. I thought about it and just as quickly thought "Nah, she wouldn't do that." You can't be right all the time but I didn't know that yet.

She kept going down the steps and into our front yard. Meanwhile, I came out of the house and called her over to the car. She came back and I saw it. Blood. Blood on her chin. Where on earth did the blood come from?! I tried not to worry when I said "What happened?" Her response was to stick out her tongue. Her tongue which was bloody and hurt. Ack! "The railing?!" I squeaked out to which she nodded yes. TWICE. She did it two times in a row. I can't even. Ouch. 

Her tongue stopped bleeding after a few minutes. Running slightly late had now turned into really late for school. We hopped in the car. On the way to school she started crying. The pain was kicking in and she kept sobbing "I didn't KNOW! I didn't KNOW!" Poor girl. She calmed down and we hustled into school. I walked her into her classroom and her teacher exclaimed "There's my Abby!" I quietly told her what happened and she chuckled while telling Abby that her sister had done that when they were little. 

Apparently, she was fine enough to eat lunch and I never got a phone call from the school. At the end of the day I picked her up. She looked at me and said "Mommy, I learned a lesson from the railing." "Oh yeah? What?" "Never do that again! Ever!" "Good plan baby."

And, on a side note to all you parents out there, if you live where it gets cold please make sure you remember to talk to your kids about the dangers of sticking your tongue to anything metal when it's cold out. My friend showed her kids what would happen by using a wet paper towel and sticking it to the ice cold metal. I think that's a great idea.

Just don't use your tongue. 


Becky Dougherty said...

LOL Oh, I'm glad she's okay, and I'm sure it was totally unfunny at the time! But it IS a very good lesson...unfortunately learned the hard way. At least she wasn't stuck out there as long as the boy in the movie! Haha

Crystal Balzer said...

Ouch! Poor girl. I've never actually had that conversation with my kids but I'm thinking I'd better!