Take it From This St. Cloud Dad, Sometimes Fatherhood is Dirty Work (Literally)
ST. CLOUD -- They say parents will do anything for their kids, and this weekend was my moment.
Our 4th of July holiday was pretty normal -- food, family, fun -- but then throw in an unexpected visit to the ER.
While in the middle of my intense bean bag matchup just outside my friends house, my 7-year-old son starts banging on the window screaming for help.
My wife and I run inside where he tells us our 2-year-old daughter had swallowed a bead (a round Chinese checker piece for clarification).
Now no one wasn't 100% sure if she actually swallowed it or spit it out, however she sure was proud to tell us it was in her tummy and that she "ate a bead" all with a smile on her face.
You hear about these types of stories all the time, but for me this was a new experience.
After getting a clean bill of health (or as much as you can get by swallowing something other than food) we were told to go home and wait for things to happen -- if you know what I mean...
For the next few days I feel like I'm on my own Lord of the Rings quest as I search for "my precious" every time my daughter needs a diaper change. Needless to say the search is ongoing.
So what have I learned from all this you ask? It only take a moment from things to go from fun to frightening with young kids.
But as I said before, I would do anything for my kids -- even if that means searching knuckle deep through multiple days of poopy diapers.