The First Skinned Chin

by Susan

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.”

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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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1 Michelle in MX September 28, 2006 at 8:35 pm

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 coolmama56 September 28, 2006 at 8:40 pm

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 Nikkie September 28, 2006 at 9:02 pm

That is just way to cute. He took real good care of her!


4 Rona September 28, 2006 at 9:54 pm

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.


5 amelia September 28, 2006 at 9:59 pm

That is just adorable and what great pictures to capture such a caring moment!!


6 Ruth September 28, 2006 at 10:09 pm

i love it.

kids are soooo great.


7 Pass the Torch September 28, 2006 at 10:42 pm

That’s so cute! He’s quite the doctor. Everyone – get to bed! (Funny how that actually solves the problem sometimes;))

He’s a very empowered young man.


8 tanyetta September 29, 2006 at 2:56 am

my heart dropped and melted all at the same time. how sweet.


9 Mom2fur September 29, 2006 at 9:33 am

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.


10 Jodi September 29, 2006 at 10:07 am

Awww what a caring soul he has!! And I had to laugh at the duct tape!


11 Crystal September 29, 2006 at 10:22 am

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


12 Susanne September 29, 2006 at 11:11 am

What is it with males and their duct tape?! :vD

How sweet is he! And what a good docotor with a great bedside manner (except for the duct tape:)!


13 Randi September 29, 2006 at 1:27 pm

How cute how he is taking care of her!!! Poor little one:) Glad she’s ok.


14 pamela September 29, 2006 at 2:12 pm

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?


15 Priscilla September 29, 2006 at 4:59 pm

That is too precious.

Hmmmm. I think I’ll keep the duct tape suggestion in mind. My kids tend to fight me during the cleaning of their wounds.


16 Priscilla September 29, 2006 at 5:00 pm

oops! Made a mistake in my website address.


17 MamaDuck September 29, 2006 at 5:31 pm

That is so sweet!!


18 Erna September 29, 2006 at 8:52 pm

How incredibly cute! Aww . . . he’ll be a great doctor if he puts the duct tape away. LOL!


19 Judi September 30, 2006 at 12:43 pm

How sweet! Kids are so precious.


20 Kailani October 3, 2006 at 5:03 am

What a wonderful story! Jackson is such a great older brother!


21 Mary October 3, 2006 at 12:47 pm

That was so sweet! I think you should submit that to Pass The Torch! :O) Here from the CFL.


22 Mary October 4, 2006 at 9:17 am

Janice, I think you probably cuold submit it next week, cuoldn’t you? For PTT, I mean. I thinks it’s too good not to. :O)


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