Lately, one of the kids’ favorite things to do is climb into a laundry basket. Violet is particularly obsessed with this activity. She’s learning how to climb, so she climbs in and out, in and out, in and out. Meanwhile, the big girls pretend like they are cats. They meow and purr and make beds for themselves. Sadly, they do not wash or fold the laundry while they are at it. Laundry for a family of five is no joke.
All of this seems like an innocent enough activity. The kids usually play in empty baskets or in clean laundry that hasn’t been folded yet. Usually the baskets are fairly stable. You’d think if someone were to get hurt doing this, it would be the baby falling out of the basket while she was climbing in and out.
Nope. Violet hasn’t been hurt, but I was! Me! An innocent by-stander! I wasn’t even playing!
Rose was playing in a full basket near my foot and decided to tip it over. The basket, which was still full of Rose and laundry, landed in its side with it’s sharp narrow edge pressing at least 45 pounds onto my foot.
My foot was pinned and the pain was terrible. I couldn’t reach down to lift it off my foot from the position I was in. I yelled for Rose to get out of the basket NOW NOW NOW NOW!!! OUCH!!!!!
She continued to sit there and stare at me until I somehow managed to reach down and shove her and the basket off my foot. My foot was scraped up. Once the basket was gone, it felt much better, but it was definitely worse for the wear from the experience.
When Rose saw what she’d done to my foot, she burst into tears and ran to her room. I had to hold her crying a long time explaining that I would be ok and I knew it was an accident. I yelled because it hurt and I needed her to get off, but it wasn’t her fault! Whenever she looked at my foot after that, she would get upset even though I really was fine once the basket was off my foot. I lost a layer of skin, but it didn’t even scab over.
It just goes to show that no matter what your kids are doing, someone is going to get hurt. Maybe even you!