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I'm so glad this week is coming to a close.
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Do you know how hard it is to keep a 9 year old boy from running and jumping? Almost impossible. As I mentioned here, Gabe has injured both of his ankles and pulled a muscle in his thigh. He has been told no running, jumping, etc., for one week. Of course, little man thinks he can do whatever he wants regardless of whether it hurts. I've been trying to explain to him that we have to think about the long-term picture, but that's not so easy for a 9 year old. I get that. So, it's been a difficult week.... I've actually considered tying him down. No, not really. Well, maybe....
I can tell when his ankle hurts because he'll come home from school and will ask to soak his foot in epsom salts like his Dr. suggested. This kid is as tough as nails, and that really concerns me. I was just like him when I was younger. I know what it's like to play through the pain. Shoot, I think any of us who were athletes knows. I had several injuries when I was younger that haunt me now. But tempted though I might be, I can't tie him down or bubble wrap him.
That reminds me, I picked him up Monday evening, and asked him how his day had been. I had contacted his after school program, so I knew he didn't do any running or jumping there, but I hadn't called his school teacher. So, the following conversation took place:
Me: "Did you go outside for recess?"
Me: "Did you play basketball?"
Me: "Did you run?"
Me: "Did you jump?"
Gabe: "Ummmm, sooortaaa."
Me: "Why did you do that? You know you could hurt your ankles worse, right?"
Gabe: "Well, I'm a sporty kinda guy. What am I supposed to do??"
Me: **snort** "Does your ankle hurt now?"
Me: "UGH!" **shaking my head in frustration**
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