When we are kids, the world looks very different than it does to adults. Our perception is less mature, we don’t yet understand some situations, and even less, the inferences in the grownups’ language.
A baby in the family
I only have one brother, and he was born eight and a half years after me. This means that I have some clear memories of when HE was a baby.
A tiny baby
My brother was born prematurely, and in the late 60’s, that was a bigger deal than it is now. He was 2 months premature, weighting only 3 pounds 14 ounces. That was tiny for the time. He stayed in the hospital for a month or so before coming home, shortly before Christmas. But he was still small when he came home at just 5 pounds.
A black head
My mom was obviously very concerned with this new baby and she would regularly go check on him, in the crib. She didn’t need to turn on the light or even bring a flashlight, even at night, since he had dark hair and it was easy enough to spot that dark spot in a light colored crib.
Where is the head?
One night, my mom, as usual, went to check on the baby, looking for the familiar “dark spot” in the crib. But she didn’t find it! She leaned forward to move the sheets or blankets, and felt something… on her thighs. The baby had gotten his head between the crib bars. I just remember hearing a scream and I ran to the bedroom, as did my dad. By then, my mom had had time to turn on the light to examine the situation.
Get me a saw
The first thing she said to my dad was “Go get a saw”. A SAW??? In my kid’s mind, I was horrified with the thought that she wanted to cut the baby’s neck to get him out! “Don’t cut his head!” I yelled. I was quickly explained that she wanted to cut the bar! Duh! Even to this day, i still wonder why in the world i would think she wanted to cut the head! But I guess that is what happens when kids don’t yet think as fast as adults!
As a kid, did you ever misunderstood something that the adults said around you? Anything that caused you to be fearful? or hopeful? or really disappointed? Share your story with everyone.
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