It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Work-Related Accident, Update

Apparently my ruse of not telling the parents has proven futile, at least in the case of Arthur’s parents. Well, I had told Arthur’s dad, who has had a few back problems of his own, and he’d given me the name of a physiotherapist, though not, as it happens, the one I actually saw.

As I’m waving Arthur goodbye, a neighbour calls out from his porch to ask how I’m doing. “Not so great. Had a work-related accident.”

“Oh, yes?”

“Tripped over a baby gate.”

We all laugh. Ho, ho, ho. I am so funny.

Arthur’s mum looks up at me. “Is this the cleaned-up version?”

“Nope. That’s what happened.”

“Because Arthur’s been telling us you tripped over the baby.”

Well, thanks a helluva lot, Arthur.

“No, I did not. He trips over the baby. I do not.”

More laughter. Ho, ho, ho bloody ho…

Glad we sorted that out…

January 17, 2006 - Posted by | Mischief, the dark side, the things they say!


  1. OH MY. Don’t parents know better than to BELIEVE everything their childs says? Like the time Tod-lar told me his TRACTOR took apart the entire floor mat, NOT him.

    Good thing she’s not litigious.

    Comment by MIM | January 17, 2006 | Reply

  2. Okay, see, that’s very very funny.

    Poor Mary! I hope you feel better. But my god it’s so funny!

    Comment by Susan | January 17, 2006 | Reply

  3. Did they offer hazzard pay?

    Comment by Cheryl | January 17, 2006 | Reply

  4. When my daughter stared preschool, this little note came home:

    “If you promise not to believe half the stuff your child tells you about his or her day at school, we promise not to believe half of the stuff he or she tells us about what happens at home!”

    Of course, I think some of the parents, the Earnest ones, were mortified by such a note (oh, my! what happens at the school that they’re ashamed of?) but I thought it was pure genius.

    Comment by misfit | January 17, 2006 | Reply

  5. Oh, that is very funny! Hahahahahaha! Little boys!

    Honestly, if she really thought you tripped over the baby, and moreover where LYING about it, then why did she bring her child back?

    Comment by jen-o-rama | January 17, 2006 | Reply

  6. “Ho ho ho bloody ho.”

    Crack. Me. UP.

    Comment by Kristen | January 17, 2006 | Reply

  7. Oh Boy!
    Can be real damaging what kids say and what adults choose to believe.

    Comment by Queen Bee | January 17, 2006 | Reply

  8. Funny. Not to you but to us, funny.

    Hope you’re doing better.

    Creepy crawlies and sick kid here. Tomorrow will be better.

    Comment by Granny | January 18, 2006 | Reply

  9. Lucky you got it cleared up really & all laughed. Scary things have happend when people believe toddlers know what they are talking about!

    I still can’t get much sense out of mstr A half the time & he’s 5!

    Still, it made a very funny post:-)

    Comment by Mrs.Aginoth | January 18, 2006 | Reply

  10. Mim: I was surprised by it, myself. Arthur is her third child, after all, and she’d always struck me as a pretty sensible sort. The question was at least half-serious, though. Strange…

    Susan: I thought it was funny, in a cynical snort kinda way, rather than a big belly laugh kinda way. Thank God, because belly laughs HURT.

    Cheryl: I love the idea: Who’d pay it? The baby I puportedly tripped over? Arthur’s parents?

    Misfit: Me, too! In fact, I may be using that one to include in my next contract package. I love it! A humourous reminder that their lil darlins may not be 100% reliable transmitters of information – BOTH ways!

    Jen: I found the whole exchange a bit odd. Why would I lie? It’s the sort of thing that occasionally happens to adults with small children underfoot, (and evidently I contorted myself most painfully to avoid hurting said baby).

    It clearly didn’t bother her that I might have actually tripped over a baby. But she did believe I might have lied to her! This is disturbing. You’ve got to trust your caregiver, you know?

    Kristen: Thanks. I liked it. 🙂

    QueenBee: I’m not sure she saw the significance of what she was saying. She seemed to find it merely funny. But what she was saying was that she felt the need to confirm my version of event instead of saying “Oh, he got things muddled.” (To which I might add, “AS USUAL.” LOL)

    Granny: Oh, funny to me, too, in a dark kind of way. Not better today – worse. Back to the physio lady tonight. Hope all’s better at your place soon.

    MrsA: Yup, it was like a bomb that whizzed by harmlessly and merely bounced upon landing. Phew! I think I’ll start telling them some of the outlandish things I hear from him about their home life. It would put things in perspective. And be very funny – for me!

    Comment by Mary P. | January 18, 2006 | Reply

  11. Misfit, my son’s preschool has the same message posted on the wall! I also thought it was pure genious but there is always at least one parent who gets quite concerned!

    Comment by LoryKC | January 18, 2006 | Reply

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