The First Skinned Chin

Skinned ChinJulia and Jackson were squealing with delight as they chased each other down the sunny beach path. We’d had a perfect day at the beach.

(Our fall weather has been incredible the past week with blue skies and toasty warm sunshine. Jackson announced today that it would be a great day to go to the beach. So I, Susan — Julia’s Mommy and Jackson’s Auntie, took Julia and Jackson after school and Janice stayed home to work. She missed out on the whole afternoon which is also why we don’t have any beach photos.)

We had just finished our Fish ‘n’ Chips and ice cream and were about to head home. But Julia had it in her mind to play a good game of chase first. They both played so hard, darting up and down the path that Jackson had to admit that he thought he had better stop running because his stomach was feeling sick.

But with the words still tumbling out of his mouth, Julia’s tiny toddler feet got tangled and she went splat on the cement. She howled with fear and pain and Jackson started screaming too.

“Is she bleeding?” Jackson cried, “Oh no… She’s going to Die!”

With some difficulty, I worked to calm them both down. Once Jackson was convinced that Julia’s life was not in danger he took over the situation. “We need to get her back to the car and clean her up,” he directed.

Back at the car, Julia calmed down after a soothing nurse and we headed home.

On the way home, Jackson very seriously asked me, “Auntie, do you know that I’m a doctor?”

“No, Jackson, I didn’t know that.”

“Yes, I am. I’m a doctor at my house. If my daddy gets hurt, I send him to bed. If my mommy gets hurt, I send her to bed. And if I am hurt, I go straight to bed. So, I can look after Julia.”

We arrived back at Janice’s house and Jackson ran for his doctor’s kit.

“First we need to wash out her cut and get a band aid,” he ordered, “Mommy you can be the nurse. I am the doctor.” Janice was now armed with her camera, but quickly obeyed her orders and began to assist.

“First we need to strap her down, so that she doesn’t move. I’ll go get the duct tape.”

“No, Jackson! We don’t need any duct tape. Auntie will hold her,” Janice and I both shouted as Jackson ran to the closet.

Slightly disappointed that he didn’t get to restrain his patient, Jackson proceeded to examine her. Julia was stunned into silence and calmly observed the whole operation. (That is par for the course with Julia and Jackson. She spends most of her life just watching him, quietly taking in the madness.)

Janice and I both had concerns about the actual cleaning of the cut, but we quietly bit our tongues and watched to see what would happen, me with my arms out ready to rescue and Janice ready behind her lens. But Jackson cleaned out her cut with an astonishing gentleness and Julia calmly looked up at him, letting him examine and wash out her wound.

Skinned Chin
Skinned Chin

Skinned Chin

When the cut was clean and we headed inside to get ready for bed, Jackson shook his head and sighed,
“That was a bad fall she had today.”


  1. says

    that is just deliciously woderful! I love the picture of him cleaning out her wound! And what a good doctor he is! Such training!
    I love that he know just what to do when sick – go to bed!

  2. says

    Hey there! Just popped in and LOVED your site..and loved the pictures of the two little ones. Looks like Jackson has a definite ‘touch’ about him! Anwyays..great read – thanks for sharing your life with me!

  3. says

    Our ‘Little One’, now 14 years old, still has the scar under his bottom lip from stitches that he had when he was only 2 years old. He was running, slipped and the skin was ripped from the friction of the carpet. Sometimes he’ll say, “This happened when mom wasn’t watching me.” Ugh.

  4. says

    Duct Tape! I’m laughing so hard I have tears in my eyes! And I’m also amazed at how such a little boy ‘took charge’ of the situation in such a mature way. You do realize you have an exceptional kid there, don’t you? I mean, really exceptional. Not just ‘all moms think their kids are exceptional’ exceptional.

  5. Crystal says

    That is the cutest story I have ever read!! Jackson takes such good care of his little Julia. I wish I was there to hug and kiss him, not that he had time, being a doctor and all!
    And poor sweet Julia, I can hear her crying and then all of a sudden cheerfully mesmerized by her favourite little man. Love y’all

  6. says

    Julia is just so precious to give such a sweet little smile after getting such a boo boo. :)

    Jackson looks very professional, you may just have a doctor in the making. I just got your e-mail about my link not working. What can I do to help?


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