#2 Son's latest.
"Mom, I fell, and landed on my pinkie. I think it is broken!"
This as we were cleaning the church.
"Got any tape?" he continued.
What in the world do you need tape for?
"So I can splint it!" looking at me like I was a dork as he dug in the Sunday School supply closet for popsicle craft sticks.
Splint it? How about going to the hospital to have it X-rayed?
"Nah, I hate hospitals, I won't go. Here, hold this still."
I held a craft stick and appraised the finger. It wasn't crooked in any way, and looked like it was just sprained and hurting from the way he had landed. If I had thought different, I would have had him to the doc whether he agreed or no.
"There," he said, after applying several pieces of tape to his makeshift splint. "That should be fine. I've done this before, you know."
No, you didn't mention that, I dryly responded.
"Yeah, I've broken a finger before. At least, I figure it was broken. I just splinted it myself, kept it still for a couple of weeks, it was fine."
Glad to hear it, I noted. The sarcasm in my voice went right past him.
"Okay, back to work!" he cheerfully waved and disappeared.
I think I need a vacation.
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