Friday, May 7, 2010

My Message

My husband caught up on my recent blogs last night after watching his hockey game (which, the Montreal Canadiens won!).  He had some comments for me first thing this morning.  I'm not a morning person so I don't think I appeared grateful for his constructive criticism.  The most important point was that each post should have a "message."  Ten years ago I graduated with a journalism degree, and mentally looking back on my studies, I'd have to say he has a pretty good point (thanks, honey).  But I also remember the importance of "story telling."  I just have to focus on getting my message into my storytelling and I should be off to the races.

Today's message is on SAFETY.  I have been meaning to write about safety for some time, and today is as good a day as any to do it.

A few weeks ago someone very close to me was in a car accident.  The other driver was injured and there was damage to both vehicles.  It was a reminder of how quickly things can happen and the importance of always being on top of your surroundings.

A week later, I was involved in a car related incident that took me by surprise.  I was putting the babe in the car (which is my job), and had the door opened behind me (which is necessary when you're leaning into a vehicle trying to buckle a toddler into a car seat).  I was startled when I heard a sharp bang sound and turned around to see a car slowing down and pulling over.  While I was leaning into our car, this other driver had managed to slightly drive into my open car door in an attempt to avoid an oncoming car.  So, instead of stopping, this flake clips my door and comes pretty darn close to hitting me.  The car was fine (just a super small mark), but I was rattled.  Just another reminder of how careful we need to be and how quickly things can change.

Moving on to fire safety.  As you may recall, we had a nightmare experience with fire in our own home last summer.  A fan caught fire in the little guy's room when he was asleep in his crib with the door shut.  Just thinking about it makes me want to disintegrate into a puddle of emotion.  But what I have been telling people is to INSTALL SMOKE DETECTORS IN YOUR CHILDREN'S BEDROOMS!  And after watching one of the parents on Parenthood close their child's bedroom door on this week's episode, I was reminded that I also want to suggest that you DON'T CLOSE BEDROOM DOORS!  It may just be that I have become a paranoid freak, but even with a smoke detector, having the bedroom door shut just gives me the willies.  I will never forget opening my son's bedroom door and walking into an oscillating fan on fire, a room filled with smoke, and my beautiful little baby boy screaming his heart out. 

I hope today's message on SAFETY helps someone out.  


Gimmiegot said...

Big week for you and you managed to tell a story everyday on your blog that I found to be were concise. Way to go Mom! See you have another job, keeping us informed; and for that I am very appreciative.

Mamabeing said...

One of the first things we did in our new house was put a smoke detector in the Boodge's room, thanks to your advice. It makes us all rest a little easier. I've heard lately of parents locking their kids in their room to make them respect their freaks me out...hope they remember to open the door when the kid is asleep.