Thursday, July 14, 2011

Battle Scars: The Mark of Bravery

Two weekends ago I was at a graduation party eating chips and salsa, watching the girls play with their little friends, and enjoying good company.  Tethered on a cord in the corner of a yard, the family's dog was resting in the shade.  A young boy tossed a ball to the dog.

In the split second before the dog took off, I surveyed the scene: a half dozen unsuspecting children about to be clotheslined by a dog leash.  I stepped closer to block them as the cord grew taut, watching the cord slice into the front and side of my shin.

I didn't think the cut looked that terribly bad until I started getting frequent comments over the next week.  What did you do to your leg?  Is that a burn?  Man, you look like you were branded.

Joel told me my calf appeared like a tribal tattoo gone bad.  A friend suggested that it looked as if I had attempted to cut off my lower leg with a hacksaw (a description that paints a lovely word picture, does it not?)

Even though it's past the nasty, seeping wound stage and seems to be healing well, I still get a surprising amount of unsolicited advice about wound care and what lotions minimize scarring when I'm out in public.

I think I'll end up with a scar regardless, so I'm considering taking a Sharpie marker and writing "hero" on my calf above the cut.  Just for now.

Just in case anyone wants to know how I braved personal injury to save a yard full of innocent children from hurtling danger without even dropping my plate of chips and salsa.  I'm that good.

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2 comments:

  1. You are a hero!! What will be a minor scar, could have been horrible for those kids that could have been seriously hurt.

    You took one for the team!!

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  2. I'll bet it never even crossed your mind that you might get hurt and to not do it. You are the absolute mother....anything it takes. Bravo!

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