While at our janitorial job, i was having trouble keeping the bandages on my injured dominant hand. It's hard to get them to stick when you are working with lots of cleaning liquids.
#2 Son, when i said i was going to stop and change the bandages, said, "Wait, mom, let me do it for you. I know my way around a first aid kit!"
At the moment, i didn't bother to tell him that i have taught first aid, i just let him enjoy himself. He grinned as he pulled out his pocket knife to cut the tape, and had a good time slathering salve and telling me to hold still.
He chatted away as he did it. "Yep, i was taught first aid by a really great person. She used to be an EMT!"
Are you talking about the lady at co-op?
"No, she was a nurse, and she did a good job, too. This was another lady."
Where did you meet her?
"Oh, she's one of the moms of the guys we all wrestle with. She's cool with patching us up when we get injured, and not saying anything about it. She taught us all, cause sometimes we really hurt each other."
Well, that explains some of the scars he has.
At this point, i'm not sure what's worse. Is it that he wrestles with friends and they make their matches so realistic they hurt each other, or that one of the moms knows and is okay with that and with taking care of them after without a word?
Kitten Note: Gabriel is hanging in, by the hardest. He is still up and down, sometimes eating, sometimes not. Fluids and sugar water and hope will continue until further notice.
In honor of National Humor Month:
Don't marry for money. It's cheaper to borrow it.
Finally, at the end of National Humor Month, my all time favorite Cajun joke (which i'm sure i've told before, but i'm telling it again because i want to!):
Boudreaux and Thibodeaux be sittin' out in front Boudreaux's house, lookin' across the swamp at Thibodeaux's place, and Boudreaux get to t'inking, and he say, "Hey, Thibodeaux!"
"Mais, Boudreaux, what is it?" Thibodeaux answer.
"Now, Thibodeaux, what if, one day while you at work, if i call in sick, and i sneak over to you house and make out wit' you wife, and she come up pregnant, would that make us kin?"
Thibodeaux t'ink about dat for a bit and den he say, "Well, I don' know about kin, but it would sure make us even!"
Bob Wills Day -- Turkey, Texas, US
Bodega Bay Fish Festival -- Bodega Bay, California, US (through tomorrow)
Children's Day -- Mexico
Consumer Protection Day -- Thailand
Dia de Rincon -- Rincon, Bonaire
Fairy Queen's Birthday -- Fairy Calendar
Feriae Latinae -- Ancient Roman Calendar (festival of Jupiter Latiaris)
Hairstylist Appreciation Day
International Marconi Day
May Eve -- eve of the first day of summer in many traditions, including
Beltane/Samhain Eve -- Pagan traditions
Carodejnice -- Czech Republic; Slovakia
Maitag Vorabend -- Switzerland
Mange les Morts -- Haiti (festival of the dead)
Salus -- Portugal; Spain (festival of the dead)
Walpurgis Night -- Ancient Celtic/Nordic Calendars
National Go Birding Day
National Honesty Day (including Honest Abe Awards -- Abies -- and dishonorable mentions for those whose lies have been particularly public and egregious; to nominate someone for an Abie or a dishonorable mention, contact M. Hirsh Goldberg, firstname.lastname@example.org)
National Oatmeal Cookie Day
National Rebuilding Day
Queen's Day -- Kingdom of the Netherlands (Aruba, Curacao, Netherlands, and Sint Maartin); Bonaire; Saba; St. Eustatius
Sense of Smell Day (While celebrating, remember those with anosmia.)
St. Adjutor's Day (patron of swimmers, yatchsmen; against drowning)
St. James the Great Day -- Orthodox Christian
Taro Festival -- Maui, Hawai'i, US
Teacher's Day -- Paraguay
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day
Louisiana becomes the 18th US state, 1812
Kirsten Dunst, 1982
Jeff Timmons, 1973
Carolyn Dawn Johnson, 1971
Michael Waltrip, 1963
Isiah Thomas, 1961
Stuart Mathis, 1960
Stephen Harper, 1959
Carl XVI Gustav, King of Sweden, 1946
Jill Clayburgh, 1944
Burt Young, 1940
Willie Nelson, 1933
Cloris Leachman, 1926
Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, 1909
Eve Arden, 1908
Today in History:
Supernova SN 1006, the brightest supernova in recorded history, appears in the constellation Lupus, 1006
Orbital calculations suggest that on this day, Pluto moved inside Neptune's orbit until July 23, 1503, 1483
Columbus is given a royal commission to equip his fleet, 1492
On the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York City, George Washington takes the oath of office to become the first elected President of the United States, 1789
The United States purchases the Louisiana Territory from France, 1803
Nicaragua declares independence from the Central American Federation, 1838
Casey Jones dies in a train wreck in Vaughn, Mississippi, while trying to
make up time on the Cannonball Express, 1900
Honolulu, Hawaii becomes an independent city, 1907
Peru becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty, 1920
Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford become the first celebrities to leave their footprints in concrete at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, 1927
The animated cartoon short Porky's Hare Hunt debuts in movie theaters, introducing Happy Rabbit (a prototype of Bugs Bunny, 1938
In Bogotá, Colombia, the Organization of American States is established, 1948
The Bristol Bus Boycott is held in Bristol to protest the Bristol Omnibus Company's refusal to employ Black or Asian bus crews, drawing national attention to racial discrimination in the United Kingdom, 1963
Communist forces gain control of Saigon and the Vietnam War formally ends, 1975
Accession of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, 1980
CERN announces World Wide Web protocols will be free, 1993
Cambodia joins the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, 1999
Two skeletal remains found near Ekaterinburg, Russia are confirmed by Russian scientists to be the remains of Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia and one of his sisters, 2008
Chrysler automobile company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, 2009
Hailed as the largest World's Fair in history, Expo 2010 opens in Shanghai, China, 2010
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