Thursday, November 17, 2011

My First Running Injury

It was a warm and sunny afternoon during the last week of school. I was outside with my second grade class, playing tag on the school yard.

note: I'm going to call her Lily. That isn't her real name. Also, her hair wasn't actually black. I changed her hair to protect her identity. And also because I didn't have any yellow plasticine left.

I reached out my hands, mere seconds away from tagging Lily...

...when all of a sudden, I felt myself trip over something.

Time seemed to slow down. I tried to regain my footing, but I knew that there was no way to stop myself from falling. My hands were just centimetres away from Lily, and I realized that I was about to pull her down with me and fall on top of her.

Instinctively, I pulled my hands behind my back...

...and crashed face-first into the pavement.

Some cliches are true: I saw stars. The world was spinning and my ears were ringing. I dragged myself to a sitting position and Lily sat down next to me.

My first running injury: a concussion and a black eye.

At least my principal was sympathetic while he was filling out the accident report form.


  1. I laughed out loud the FIRST time I read this. Second time around is even better.

    I don't even want to imagine how long the clay models took you. They. Are. Fantastic.

    Thanks again for linking up with #ShowYourWork! I can see why this was a fave...

  2. too old to play tag.... bahahaha... fantastic!

  3. making my way thru the archives, already choking on laughter (*checks to make sure life insurance policy is up to date*)


  4. I am going to use his line "too old to play tag" often and even in inappropriate situations, cracked me up laughing. Hope there were no scars, or at least any big ones.

    1. Nope, no scars. Although I had a very bruised ego.

  5. Oh! Poor Stephanie! The fact that you were worried about pulling your classmate down with you shows what a compassionate person you are. I know this happened to you many years ago, but I hope you've overcome the emotional (and physical) scars from this traumatic experience. :)