Less Tenali-ness

Meet my little Tenali here and here. He seems to find his Dr.Kailash in different people, in different circumstances.. Circumstances are indeed our best teachers!

Less than 2 weeks ago, I called in to inform the kids that I’d be home late from work.. Vyas took the message and it was around 5.00 PM. He had picked this day to device a knee-tied-hop game where he’d fold his leg at the knee and tie a hand-kerchief to keep the fold in-tact.. He’d remain that way as long as it allowed him:) He hopped across to patti’s room, passed on the info of my being home late, and was hopping his way back and in a conscious attempt to avoid stumbling over, well, he stumbled and fell against the arm of the sofa and had a deep cut just half an inch from his left eye.. He realized only after a few minutes that the blood was oozing from the cut and relayed it to his grandma, who promptly informed the parents as grandpa was not around.. So what was going to be a long day at work, became a short one and we got his eye checked first to assess if there could be any damage, and then proceeded to suture it up. Thankfully it needed only one stitch as the length of the cut, though deep, was just over a cm… It was even more fortunate that his spectacles did not break and pierce his eye/skin..

While the patti was trying to persuade him to go with her to the doc, the boy refused.. He would not go with his aunt (SIL) and is supposed to have maintained that he was fine. He was getting annoyed by the minute because he thought that his grandma was worrying unnecessarily for ‘nothing’! He dabbed the area with a wet hand-kerchief and lay still to stop the bleeding and was nearly fine by the time I reached home with tiny drops trickling from the cut if he sat up.. More than the pain inflicted by the injury, he seemed hurt (or ashamed?) that I was not cross with him for bringing it upon himself despite my warning him of the sharp edges.. Even I never thought that it could cut into the flesh.. but things happen..

He was visibly relieved when I asked him if it hurt and told him not to worry.. While we were at the Doc’s for suturing, the big boy observed that some good has come of the whole episode and sounded bookish when saying -” Ma, I have learnt my lesson. I will never ever play such silly and risky games again” and rolled his eyes! I told him I was happy he’d realized but falling and getting hurt during play is a part of growing up.. I’d not be worried if he got hurt when playing with his friends in the park or playground, when playing cricket or anything under the sky.. but certainly must be more watchful inside the house (though the house is sparsely furnished and I prefer an empty maidhaan). Varun is deeply thrilled at having mastered the art of jumping from the sofa onto the bean-bag, thanks to the anna! A long jump from the staircase, furniture etc are risky and Varun still does not understand risks.. He nodded vigorously in agreement but followed it up with, “But ma, you know what? This has helped me overcome my fear of injections and sutures. They don’t scare me any longer”:))

PS: The wound has healed, but the scar remains which am sure will eventually fade over time ..


12 thoughts on “Less Tenali-ness

  1. Oh poor baby..he is so cute actually both are cute :):)I need to learn lessons from Varun…we should not play silly games even in the kitchen :):)

    Glad he is fine…and jumping from sofa to bean bag…I sometimes wonder if R and Varun meet each other secretly or something!

  2. Am glad he healed up well and is doing fine πŸ™‚
    Kids will be kids but I like the frank and practical approach you have towards the little mischief kids do every now and then πŸ˜€

    Varun definitely learnt an important lesson with those jumps πŸ˜€

  3. Glad to know the cut was not serious..
    It is so difficult to keep kids away from doing dangerous stuff, esp when are at an age where they cannot understand..later they would not..buts that’s different

  4. Who is the Tenali here??? i dont see either boy being one.. Kerchief around the knees eh!! Sounds interesting.. should try it at home.

  5. glad to know he’s better… kids get into all kinds of scrapes just to give moms high blood pressure. i know, ask me… my son swallowed a coin at three… and kept my entire office on its toes – all wanted to know whether the coin had ‘come out’. Otherwise, there’s the usual visit to the orthopedician every month who says, ‘Amrit, oh, no! not again’ :-)))

  6. yeeks! it shd have been so painful for the little kiddo! thankfully it was a minor accident. Bravo ved, for (even if it was an act) not creating a chaos out there – imagine granny’s plight had he cried the hell out! he has learned one of his lessons the tougher way but its good – prepares u for the real life! glad he is matured enugh to c the positive side of such incidents πŸ™‚ Luv u Ved:) Take care!

    • RM: You bet there is some telepathy;)

      CB: Wondering when kids will learn to learn from others mistakes and not insist on learning ONLY by experience;)

      Uma: Exactly.. Almost what I’ve replied to CB above..:(

      LR: Fear of balloons, crackers, dark rooms, empty rooms even during the day, lizards, roaches, butterflies, bees, strangers to him but not to parents, rotation of earth, swimming pools, doctors, injections, crowds at the weddings, loud music in gatherings like weddings.. shhaabbaa… πŸ™‚ He’z over come many of this slowly but steadily.. And try with 2 kerchiefs tied together;)

      Rekha: He popped a coin?! Am sure it came out intact! This is another thing all at home constantly watch and its tiring! Pieces of plastic, rubber, metal, seeds..

      Sri: Pesaradhu-ellam amma-paiyaan correct-aa pannuvom-ille!!

  7. egad. i hope it heals very very quickly. and i hope for a temporary scar that he can show off if he wants to.

    varun jumping from the sofa to bean bag reminded me of my bro imitating my jump once and falling flat on his face. he’s still got the scar. and I got thrashed for egging him on 😐

    • @Abi: And you call him what, Godzilla? hmmm… he is already showing-off his scar:)

      @Ani: Yeah Ani.. Am sure he’ll get over the fear..

      @Bhargavi: Hey, thanks.. Yeah, he is fine now, and in full form:)

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