Road trips with a two-year-old and a four-year-old can be a lot of fun.
Most of the time.
What do you do when the two-year-old starts crying and we decipher through the sobs,
“A Tic Tac is in my nose!
The car is in motion on a busy Vancouver highway.
I abruptly swing around in my seat.
“Are you kidding me?! Are you sure you have a Tic Tac in your nose?!”
I see something up her nose.
I calmly shout “blow your nose!”
Flashes of first aid courses run through my mind. I try to remember all I have learned about head anatomy and the sinus cavity.
I am thankful my daughter, their Mother, sent me a text this morning containing a copy of their Medical Care Cards.
Where is the nearest hospital?
Papa Chuck screeches to a halt at the side of the road. I jump out of the car and attempt
Tic Tac Rescue Mission!
I cannot even see the Tic Tac now. A bulge is visible high up on her nose. I apply pressure to one nostril amidst the two-year-old’s advanced cries. I tell her to blow her nose. No success.
Again, “blow your nose!”
A Tic Tac with much mucous flies three feet out of her nose.
The wide-eyed two-year-old stops crying.
I return to my seat and we resume our road trip.
Along with a five minute lecture on
“Never put a Tic Tac up your nose!”
It could have been worse! It could have been a Nerd!
Our friends had to take their daughter to the hospital to remove a “Nerd” from her nose.
The first thought that may come to mind is the computer coding, highly intelligent, mathematical whiz.
Not this child, on this day.
This little girl had somehow managed to put a popular candy of the 1980’s up her nose.
Her parents reluctantly sped to the hospital. After a few embarrassing looks, they managed to explain the problem to the emergency team.
The Nerd was expertly removed.
The hospital staff has likely seen worse.
Not every child will put something up their nose.
Two-year-olds have a reputation for testing our patience and creating anxious moments.
They can also make us laugh. Especially when the Tic Tac or the Nerd is safely removed.
An embarrassing story may unexpectedly surface one day.
Possibly at their Graduation, their Wedding or even on a Blog.
Have you had any scary moments with a toddler?
Deleting a Blog Post? – One Year Later
“Tic Tac Rescue Mission” was the original title of the above story. It was unedited, written directly on the WordPress site and I immediately hit “publish.”
I won’t do that again.
I was tempted to delete my first few blog posts.
They were practice pages to see whether this WordPress thing works.
Will the post even show up in cyberspace?
I consider August, 2019 as my official One Year Blogiversary.
I have found a fun, challenging, creative outlet. I have met many inspirational people in this supportive community.
The initial practice pages remind me how much I have learned this first year of blogging.
I am glad I did not delete my first blog posts.
Have you gone back and deleted any of your Blog Posts?