My daughter launched herself from the toilet as if from an ejection seat today. I saw it in slow-motion when it happened and now it’s playing continuously in my brain like some kind of meme designed to torture me.
She has only a small bruise on her forehead and was still breathing when I went to check on her one hour ago. The experience was more traumatizing for mom and dad than it was for her.
Her grandparents didn’t consider it to be a harrowing event when we told them about it later. Kids bump their heads all the time, they said. First of many bruises. I wanted something more from them. I wanted them to overreact so as to normalize my reaction.