It happened so quickly.
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I was rounding the kids up
To come back inside the church building to our classroom.
They were all lined up along the wheelchair ramp.
I had run back to the playground
To snag a straggler still on the swings.
Billy must have seen something in the shrubs
That got his attention.
He started to climb the metal railing
Along the edge of the ramp
To reach for whatever had caught his eye.
Well, Tommy thought he’d give Billy a hand.
He grabbed Billy’s leg to help him climb higher,
But Billy didn’t see him coming.
Tommy helped him up, all right –
Up and over the railing to the ground below.
I saw it happen,
But wasn’t close enough or quick enough
To stop Tommy or to catch Billy.
Luckily, Billy didn’t fall far
And he landed in the grass.
He looked OK, but he kept saying his arm hurt.
I took him to the director’s office,
And we examined his arm as best we could.
It wasn’t swollen or discolored.
We didn’t know what else to do but keep an eye on it
Anyway, I guess it was several hours
After you took him home,
And he continued all evening to complain,
That you took him in for an X-ray
And found out his arm really was broken –
Fortunately, just a hairline fracture.
When I found out, I was sick about it.
Had I overlooked anything?
Could I have prevented it?
My greatest comfort is that
It took you – his own mother –
That long to discover it was broken,
And you’re a doctor.
Thank you for not suing the daycare center
Or having me fired.
I’m just a poor grad student,
And so is my husband, who has no job at all.
Thanks for understanding
That we all did the best we could
And that sometimes little boys
Just fall down.
Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana. - Groucho Marx