Yo! Adrian!!!

Well, I guess it was inevitable.  A moment of sheer joy suddenly went awry.  Rudy was delighted to have one of his older siblings giving him the ride of all rides on the school patio.  The more twists and turns, the more uncontrollable the giggles.  It got even better when the one pushing got on a ripstick and could spin around even faster.  Part of the thrill lies in the flirting with danger and who knew that a seemingly small irregularity in the sidewalk would be such a significant threat.  It was suddenly discovered that any language that would describe Rudy’ nifty adaptive medical stroller as “untippable” is better interpreted as a marketing slogan rather than any sort of guarantee.

It was hard to know who needed more comforting–Rudy with the emerging bumps and bruises on his head or a very scared sibling.  But considering the history of periodic childhood ER trips for stitches in our family, tumbles are to be expected.  That not withstanding, it seemed like a teachable moment to be proactive and lay down a few guidelines to make sure Rudy is not included in some of the other sibling pastimes:  We will be more careful with fun stroller rides, but towing Rudy with a jump rope around the cul-du-sac on your bike is not a good idea.  Same goes for strapping him on a skateboard and pretending he’s a street-luger.  At no time should there be any attempts to get Rudy’s rig airborne–in fact, we’ll just keep him away from the bike ramps altogether–no ascending or descending.  Rudy is not allowed to swing from the avocado tree on an extension cord.  As many attempts that are made to see if you can double-jump your brother/sister clear over the safety netting on the trampoline, Rudy is not to be launched in this manner (though I agree–the little guy could get some serious air).  As much fun as dangerous jumps from the tree/wall/bench/roof can be, Rudy should only be close enough so that he can laugh when you face-plant.  Lecture over.  Agreement all around.

As acute as our concerns might be, this whole thing seems kind of lost on Rudy.  A good sweaty cry led into a  long nap and then he proudly made like Rocky and sported the shiners on his cheek and forehead.  I think he knows how much the babes dig a good bruise…

Boo-boo? This ain't a boo-boo!!!

14 thoughts on “Yo! Adrian!!!

  1. Oh my golly….I am glad this did not happen on my watch! The Geyling kids are tough, that is for sure. (So are their parents) See you tonight. Max, get ready for a birthday blast!

  2. guess, big boy hair do, needed big boy bumps…..remember when Nick was born; doctors said….his 3yr. old sister will treat him like anyone else….not gentle…….how true…..now he is almost 12; she 15……and they have their ups and downs………guess we have to laugh….hang in…..thinking of all….Nick’s Grandma

  3. Real boys get bruises!!!! and they smile afterwards!!!! Thats a real boy Rudy.
    We love you and the siblings who show you so much and too much fun!!

  4. Hi Rudy
    My name is Jenna and i came across your site. U are an inspiration brave courageous fighter. He is full of life, happiness, joy, love, smile, bravery, courage, fight, and determination. I was born with a rare life threatening disease. I love it when others sign my guestbook or email me.

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