Well, I have a new excuse for not posting here more often.
Smidgen; who is going to be 4 next weekend, is an extremely intelligent, joyful, and active little girl. And she is also probably the most pig-headed of my 3 offspring (though Middle Child was a close second...)
So. In spite of constant training; cautioning, remonstrating, and disciplining by every mode conceivable- on Friday she was being careless and silly on the stairs- and lo and behold; she fell pretty much all the way down; and broke her right arm.
At first we thought it was just a really good sprained wrist. But on Saturday it showed increasing swelling, so we zoomed in to the doctor. Yup; both radius and ulna, just above the wrist.
At the moment she's in a half-cast; due to have a full hard cast put on tomorrow.
Meanwhile- it hurts, and she can't do many of her normal activities- so a few more hours a day are disappearing into a black hole somewhere.
Now; on day 4; the pain is decreasing, so she's getting more cheerful- and more... active.
When Beelar broke his leg around age 12- sliding on his feet basically down a snowy cliff (I wasn't here) - I wrote "I told you so." on his cast. Very popular with the other kids in his class.
Smidgen has heard that story. So in the mandatory interview with the cop to be sure this wasn't a case of child abuse, she told the cop with a big smile "My Daddy is going to write "I told you so" on my cast!" Putting the surrounding doctors and nurses into paroxysms of smothered laughter, and puzzling the cop quite a bit. (We passed the tests.)