The sad truth about scabby knees


I arrived back in Kansas City last night to find my nephews, Micah and Tyler, spending the night at my parent’s. SLEEPOVER! I know that I say this all the time, but there is nothing that brings me more joy than spending time with those little nuggets.

Late in the evening, Tyler, who is 2 1/2, stubbed his toe. His face was this heartbreaking mix of shock and pain, because can you imagine? Stubbing your toe for the first time? And the unbelievable amount of agony that occurs? He was traumatized.

To curtail the tears and take his mind off of his aching toe, I quickly lied down on the floor with him and said, “Tyler, wanna see MY owie?” I rolled up my jeans to show him my bruised and scabbed knee. He, being the sweetest child alive, quickly said, “Don’t worry, I will kiss it.”

Now, picture this. He and I are lying side-by-side on the living room floor, my pant leg is rolled up past my knee – and my mom walks over, manhandles my calf, and bends it back over my body toward Tyler’s waiting lips. I am resistantly folded in half, because no, I’m sorry, my body does not willingly bend that way. I cry out in discomfort, but Tyler is eager to kiss my knee, so Mom pushes harder. I yowl, she pushes, he waits with his little lips puckered, and the human angle becomes smaller and smaller and smaller.

Finally, his lips connect with my knee.

And he declares, “Hmmm, it’s kind of furry.”


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  1. Laura on December 17, 2007 at 10:00 PM

    You have the best family. Tell them I miss them, and also tell them “Merry Christmas!!!”

  2. Jeremy Parsons on December 18, 2007 at 1:11 PM

    Nothing warms Tyler’s daddy’s heart more than hearing that while I was out of town, he kissed a scab. Cool?!

    I’m convinced that Tyler’s spiritual gift is “pulling at the strings of your heart”. I get a sleepover every night and I’m grateful. Last night, after we did our little family gift exchange, he looked at me and said “Hey daddy, thank you for all of my gwate pwesents.”

  3. rachel rianne on December 18, 2007 at 6:06 PM


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