Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A Not-So-Gentle Reminder

Mindy here. Writing this post is a tad tougher this week because I sprained my finger Sunday. What's really humbling is the way I came by said sprain.

You see, we have two dogs. One of them is a barker. Making matters worse, she has this shrill, piercing kind of bark. It's loud and annoying.

I'd been laying down with my granddaughter, trying to get her to sleep. Finally, after nearly 45 minutes, she was out. Naturally, that's when the dog decided she had something to say. I barrelled down the stairs, sought her out, and slapped her upside the head. Except my finger tip caught her first, sending a wave of pain up my arm. I retreated to wallow in self-pity.

My husband, who'd witnessed the whole thing, looked at me and said, "Well, I hope you've learned that violence never pays."

This isn't the first time I've been left with a reminder after doing something stupid. I doubt I'll ever looked at said finger, now two times its normal size, the same. I'll never go at poor Gracie again, without recalling pain :-)

Have you ever done something stupid (please tell me I'm not alone here), only to feel the pain long afterward? Without giving the details, did you learn from said event? And, for you writers, has said mistake ever shown up in your writing?


  1. OH, LOL, MINDY! LOL!!!

    I'm laughing only because that sounds like something I would do. (I think I've heard that dog before too - and she is loud - and when you have a toddler who's FINALLY down for her nap, you want that darned animal to HUSH!!! Nap time = Writing time for Grandma's and Mommy writers.

    I've popped my dogs on occasion and always feel bad afterward. Gosh, I'm the queen of doing something because I'm angry and regretting it later. Lately, my prayer to the Lord has been to please feel me with plenty of patience.

    (I hope after all of that, your granddaughter remained asleep ;)

  2. It's too early... that should be "FILL me with plenty of patience."

    ...And the ability to spell when on the World Wide Web.

  3. Oh, you poor thing!

    And yes, I've had those moments where I'm in pain or embarrassment and think I'm being paid back for my stupidity! LOL

    Mindy, I hope the swelling goes down quickly!

  4. Oh I hate dogs to bark anytime. they get on my nerves, but anything loud that just keep on and on does that to me.
    Sorry you hurt you finger, I know that really hurts.
    May God bless


  5. We have a blue and gold Maccaw that screamed for almost an hour straight last night. She was SO VERY annoying...but I'm not sticking my hand in that cage.

  6. Christy, I'm glad I'm not the only who loses it on occasion.

  7. Missy, ain't it true what they say about paybacks?

  8. Thanks for the well wishes, Edna. It's still swollen, but feeling a little better. In a couple of days I'll probably be good as new.

  9. Lindi, LOL! No desire to lose a finger, eh? Can't you cover their cages to put them to sleep? Or is that one of those common misconceptions?

  10. Hey Mindy, that bird of Lindi's ate my pillow while I was just walking by the cage !! Its not one to mess with !!!

    Cuz Wendy

  11. Wendy, I have a feeling you could have given that bird a run for its money :-)

  12. Mindy, I'm very sorry to hear about your injury, and I'll pray for complete restoration for your finger. We don't have any pets- severe allergies -but I did grow up with dogs and they do like to assert themselves.

    You know, as I was reading the posts a thought occured to me. Why don't you introduce Lindi's bird to your dog then the dog can learn some manners without you getting hurt or feeling bad. The downside? You'll have to put up with Lindi's bird squawking too, but for everything there is a price to be paid.

    By the way, I'm not laughing at you, but with you.