My Mother's Day weekend started off with a BANG! Literally!
Campbell and I were coming out of Wal-Mart Friday afternoon when, as we entered the cross-walk the truck stopped at the stop sign decided to go, smashing into the cart that Campbell was riding in. The cart was spun and tipped over. In the split second I had to react I was just able to get between Campbell's head and a large cement barracade but she still fell out of the cart and hit the side of her head on the pavement. Luckily she was seated in the cart seat and not in the open area of the cart. To anyone who has ever let their child sit in the basket portion of the shopping cart - take it from me that is a bad idea! Had Campbell been in that part of the cart I am convinced the ending to this story would be very, very bad!
As it is, after a scary couple of hours where sleepiness and puking led to an ER trip and a head scan, it was determined that Campbell had a concussion to go with her facial lacerations and bruising. It was several hours before Campbell emerged from her shell-shocked state and started to return to her normal self. She woke-up Saturday with a big shiner and some bruises on her leg but otherwise okay.
Friday's terrifying ordeal left me all the more thankful for my sweet girl's safety and health on Mother's Day. Being able to spend a lazy, rainy Sunday with her, alive and well, was all the Mother's Day gift I needed. She amazes me with her resiliency. Aside from declaring she never wants to go to Wal-Mart again (fine by me as it's not my favorite place anyway) and fears that she will still have a black-eye when she's a flower girl on the 26th, she is back to her normal, happy, carefree self.
Yesterday, every time I looked at my beautiful girl with one side of her face swollen and marred I found myself giving thanks that she was okay. The bruises and cuts will heal and she is young enough that this trauma will soon fade to a blurry memory with no lasting impacts. For me, the memory flashes of what could have been will only reinforce how lucky I am to be the mother of this amazing little girl.