’20 A to Z Challenge – R

Now that we have another generation on its way, we have to consider  three words


difficult to control or handle; wildly boisterous
turbulently active and noisy:
informal boisterous; unruly


harsh; strident; grating:
rowdy; disorderly:
(of voices, cries, etc) harshly or hoarsely loud


to act in a swaggering, boisterous, or uproarious manner.
to engage in noisy merrymaking; revel
to brag, bluster, or swagger

Boy or girl, we don’t plan to sheath the child in Amazon bubble wrap.  The kid will be allowed to be a kid.  We’re just facing the reality that a male child will be slightly more statistically likely to get into some kind of physical trouble than a girl.

It’s not that I, or the son, or the Grandson, weren’t inquisitive, active and adventurous.  We’ve each been warned by police in our youth, but, intelligence, planning and luck kept us all out of Emergency wards…. mostly.

I was 40 before I skidded a bicycle on wet grass in a park, and broke – well, cracked – a bone, a rib, by driving a bony elbow into my side.  My first suture came at 21, when I had a tooth removed.  We can’t really add a fourth ‘R’ word – Rowdy – to the Grandson’s ER visit, when a neighbor kid pushed him and a lawn chair over, and he landed on an aluminum tent peg hidden in long grass.

The son was born with a disproportionately large head, to stuff all those IQ points into.  It affected his center of balance as he grew, sometimes causing him to fall over as he learned to walk and run.  He always tipped his head back, and met the ground with the point of his chin.  By the time he was 6, he had accumulated 23 stitches.  He sports a big, bushy beard now, but hidden in the middle, is a dime-sized bald spot of scar tissue.

I imagine that the Grandson will be laying in a supply of SpongeBob-Squarepants bandages, and some Super Glue ™, something that is common now for treating small cuts and gashes, but did not exist when I, and the son, were boys being boys.

Ahhhh, the luxury of being able to sit back and observe the oncoming mayhem from two generations away.  Do you have any police/doctor stories about you or your kids that are safe to share??  😕

11 thoughts on “’20 A to Z Challenge – R

  1. shimoniac says:

    I’ve always been a pretty good uncle, now I get to be a Great-uncle. Half of the fun is winding them up, then returning them to their parents. 😀 👍


  2. Rivergirl says:

    No stories here. Nope. Nothing to see, please move along.


  3. As you can see in my videos, I have a scar under my left eye from when I fell on a short white picket fence as a kid. I remember a lot of blood and screaming, although it didn’t hurt that much. My knee injuries are too numerous to count.


    • Archon's Den says:

      I hadn’t noticed your scar. I must remember to look for it. I’m usually busy judging your weather by which jacket you’re wearing, or watching sunlight reflected on the wall behind you by passing cars…. or Finn.
      I have matching scars on the outside of both little finger knuckles. I got them 3 years, and 50 miles apart – one in a high school shop class, and the other in the barn of the farm where my Grandfather lived. Both should have had 2 or 3 stitches, but back then you just ‘walked it off.’
      The shop teacher just pulled the edges together and slapped on a Band-Aid. My Grandfather slathered on a black petroleum jelly that looked like lube for semi trucks. No antiseptic properties that I know of, but it kept germs out. He wrapped and tied a strip of clean white linen around it. Neither got infected – but there is that road-rash scar on my right foot when a pothole dumped me off my bike at high speed wearing only a bathing suit. 😯

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  4. When my daughter was about a year old, she crawled out to the porch and straight to our Rottweiler, Monster. I don’t know what she did but we heard a growl and hubby dashed out as fast as he could. She’s lucky Monster only used his paw to warn her. She had only a slight scratch on her upper lip. She’s quite a handful this second daughter of mine. I overheard her asking her big sister how she would describe her and the answer was “you’re stinky, noisy and annoying.” Lol 😝


    • Archon's Den says:

      All’s well that ends well. It’s so good to see that your kids get along well too. That may change as they both mature, and the relative age difference diminishes. How far apart are they?? 😕


  5. They are 5 years apart 😊


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