Thursday, September 28, 2006

Let's Get Physical

A couple of years ago, I figured I was through being beaten up and bruised. Parents of older children are no doubt wetting themselves with laughter at this moment, since I have years of toddlerhood ahead of me. Seriously though, I don't participate in contact sports, and I've mostly stopped doing acrobatics in dance. We'll still do a couple of smaller lifts and flips, but nothing really crazy that results in unceremoniously landing on my butt or head, or getting massive patches of bruises.

I've happily left those days behind me. We have younger dancers with fewer responsibilities who want to fly the stunts and get the glory, and that's ok with me. I'm through with being physically buffeted.

Or so I thought.

It turns out that mommies need to tolerate a lot more unintentional violence than I expected. Q will rush me, push me, yank on my arms, bite my knees, leave scratches on my chest from exuberance or frustration, either will do. It takes some getting used to. We're beginning a lifetime of teaching him how to control his actions without losing his spontaneity.

7 comments:

lara said...

yeah, sometimes the physicality catches you completely off-guard, too. i remember one day when i was still working with dylan and JB, dylan was being a "scary monster" and chasing me around the house. so we were happily running around, and then i slid on a rug and landed hard on my hip. it hurt like you wouldn't believe. dylan and i then had a nice chat about why it's not a good idea to run in the house. :-P

Waya said...

Yeah, I'm my middle child's punching bag, since he loves to kick, spit and hit when he's mad. Nice huh?! And my 3rd child Sophia loves to pay through anything, even jeans and it hurt like heck!! Where do they get those aggression from? Hmmm.

YF said...

Fi was helping me into the shower and shut (or scraped) my ankle so bad shutting the shower door before I was "in" the shower... Ouch. I can relate.

mothergoosemouse said...

Oh my, Swing Daddy is so handsome!

Definitely familiar with the physicality, much more so from CJ than from Tacy. I swear that CJ has nearly broken my nose on more than one occasion.

penelopeto said...

i have sustained more damage in the past 16 months than in the 30 years previous. lately when bee gets really happy and excited, she'll just swipe at my face. her nails are like little talons, but i guess that's my fault.

Lady M said...

It's good to know that Q isn't unusually demanding. We had a huge head-knock last week where we were both looking under the couch to retrieve some puzzle pieces and he crashed his skull into my face. I swear I saw stars!

Mary P. said...

I've never gotten used to it. Not that it surprises me, of course, not after all this time, but I always react the same way when someone hurts me - shock. And then set in with the teaching.

Perhaps that's the trick - don't get used to it!