So Sgt. Mom stepped in and took control. Orders began flying from my mouth before my brain even had time to contemplate what I was saying.
And that's when I heard it.
"Izzy, go ahead and eat one." Now one thing that you have to understand about Izzy is that her favorite thing in the world to eat is, snow.
"Don't you dare!" I screamed expelling every bit of air and exasperation in one breath.
I ran for the door but not quickly enough. There before me on the porch stood my five year old with her lip and tongue stuck to the metal railing in her attempt to lick up a snowflake.
"Izzy, what were you doing?" I yelled at her (I know I'm a horrible mother). "Haven't you ever seen "A Christmas Story"? Don't you remember when that boy stuck his tongue to the pole?! What were you thinking?"
In my impatience to be on time to school I forgot to be the loving kind mother that I should have been. My tirade and advancement to help scared Izzy so much that she pulled herself back so hard that she ripped her tongue and lip off from the metal railing.
The blood and tears came in earnest. I bent to inspect her mouth it wasn't too bad, so I gave her a hug, told her she would be fine and scooted everyone to the van.
Izzy's tongue stopped bleeding very quickly, and the tears abated until next time. She was calm and composed by the time we stopped to grab my nephew.
When we got to my mom's she kindly allowed my children to eat breakfast at her house, where she had milk. And we finally made it to school, 15 minutes late.
And so I learned a valuable lesson for the day. When life is throwing everthing at you just remember, the blood and tears will only last a little while. :)
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