25 April 2008

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Yesterday I was weeding the flower bed; Elle was picking up browned leaves and dropping them in a grocery sack. I jerked my head up at the sound of an earsplitting crack, swiveling in my daughter's direction just in time to see a heavy branch shattering on and around her.

She was balled up with her head tucked to her knees, crying. I was so thankful she was crying.

Elle's three. She's just shy of twenty-five pounds. I weighed that branch at thirty-five pounds, measured it at a sixteen inch circumference (19.5 inches in the thicker places). You can see the break near the top of one of our towering oaks in the front lawn; I'm estimating the branch fell a good forty-five to fifty feet.

She's fine.

Perhaps the branch was already in pieces, and only a smaller piece hit her. Perhaps the branch only grazed her. Or perhaps it fell at such an angle that the ground absorbed most of the impact before the branch made contact with her little body. In any case, she just had a small abrasion on her back (similar to skinning one's knee on asphalt), and a large red area spanning her entire back, which has now shrunk to small bruises. She was wearing a terry jacket over her shirt, and I'm guessing the double layers of clothing spared her skin a bit.

I think I spent most of yesterday operating in an emotionally distant mode. It helps me reason clearly in a potential crisis, I suppose. But at the end of the day, when I thought surely I was fine, I found Todd holding on to me while I cried.

I know what could have happened. And I know that it didn't. And for that I am very, very thankful.

19 comments:

Erin said...

I am so glad she's alright. Tears sprang into my eyes as I read this and I had to go hug Tessa :)


I don't think I ever told you, but I had a dream a month or so ago that our daughters were friends :)

Jenn said...

Oh what a scare!! I can't imagine the moment of panic...especially after this week's events. I am SO thankful she was fine!! Life is certainly precious isn't it??

Take a bow Jenn

Tonya said...

I am so thankful she is ok. That is scary. I know that feeling...realizing there is potential for horrible things that are completely out of our control. Thank goodness for the guardian angels to watch over her...

Tonya

Kimberly said...

Oh hun, your poor heart! So grateful that she was kept safe. Like Erin I got teary reading this and had to go hug my girls. Hope the shock passes quickly. ~hugs~

~love said...

oh, nic...i'm just crying reading this. i know exactly how real that feeling that you're speaking of is. the sheer terror, then gratitude, then the what-could-have's.

i can so easily put all the kids i take care of at the hospital into our family...and at times it can make me crazy. but, it also helps me be ever so close to that feeling of knowing how every hour truly is precious.

so, so thankful L is okay. blessings to you and your sweet family.

Hot Flash MaMa said...

So glad our precious girl is all right.

Dad and I have been away for a few days, so I'm getting caught up on my email and blog reading. One of the emails was from a young mom who just lost her baby. Her faith in the Lord is amazing. Trusting Him in spite of the hurt and pain. I can't imagine having one of our children or grandchildren hurt, let alone losing one of them.

Just so you know, this grandma prays often for the safety of her grand babies. (They will always be babies to me). There have been many nights when I have awaken to pray. At times they have been prayers out of fear-- that God would protect you all. I know you have prayers from both sides of your family. Love you.

Ribbon Rock Star said...

I am glad she is alright. WOW, that must have been scary for both of you.

Linda

waterfalls*n*rainbows said...

As I was reading your post about Elle, prayers of thanks to God and his angels poured out...

Tears for you and the what if's you must be still running through...

Thank God for Todd, that he was there to hold you and be your comfort...

And Thank you Lord for giving you and Todd your Elle.

Denny said...

My heart was in my throat as I read your post and pictured everything. As one of Elle's grandpa I pray for her, you and family often and it prompted a "thank you Lord" as I read that she is okay.

We are paralyzed if we perpetually live in the "what if" zone, however we cannot help but drift there on occasion. So we pray, we do our best to protect and we trust. We also hold onto one another a lot.

Joeprah said...

That is very scary. Although I do say, "Rub some dirt on it," or "Walk it off," a lot as a dad, I know that this would have made me crap myself. Phew, so glad that she's ok. She is a peer to my youngest and I am happy to hear she isn't way bigger than her, like most kids are her age.

Willow Tree said...

What an awful scar you had. I am so glad to know she was unhurt. Everyones posts are right life is precious.
Brooke

Norman said...

It's been quite a week, hasn't it, with near crashes (airplanes and brothers)and near smashes (trees and Elle); those guardian angels were kept on their toes! This Grandma was praying, too, and found out later just why! Also makes me think of all those "near miss" times about which we know nothing! We are truly blessed.

Melissa said...

Holy smokes!! What a scary moment for you both... I am so glad that she is okay!!!

jenevey said...

Oh gosh Nic. *hug* I'm so sorry this happened. It's so unbelievably scary to see things like this happen in utter slow motion and not be able to will your muscles to get there fast enough to do anything. I'm so thankful she's okay. Hug her extra tight. *hugs*

Fledgling said...

Elle is for love.

It wasn't her time for. She still has a lot to do and a lot to teach us. Miss Elle taught us this day about gratitude and that time is precious and the best way to spend time is loving each other.

Please, don't own problems that don't exist. It's over. Nothing happened. You'll still play amongst the trees. And when you look up, it's only to find the bird singing that song.

Got it?

-N.

Anonymous said...

N, Thank God she's all right! Extra hugs this week will do both her (& mommy) some good. ~D

Laurie said...

Oh my goodness...Thank God she is OK... A huge lump came to my throat then tears of happiness followed...

Get your DH or a tree man out there to trim up any more weak limbs!

What a scare...
Laurie

jenevey said...

Oh gosh Nic. *hug* I'm so sorry this happened. It's so unbelievably scary to see things like this happen in utter slow motion and not be able to will your muscles to get there fast enough to do anything. I'm so thankful she's okay. Hug her extra tight. *hugs*

waterfalls*n*rainbows said...

As I was reading your post about Elle, prayers of thanks to God and his angels poured out...

Tears for you and the what if's you must be still running through...

Thank God for Todd, that he was there to hold you and be your comfort...

And Thank you Lord for giving you and Todd your Elle.