July 1, 2011


My little boy, Peter, thinks he is a ninja.
He is four years old.
He honestly believes that he is receiving "special training" from his friend Daniel, who we see at church on Sundays.

A few weeks ago, one of our neighbors asked Peter if he attended karate class because he was practicing his blocking skills.
He replied with, "No. I attend a special ninja school."

They sit on the bench together and whistle as people walk by. That is their way to "act cool", so nobody suspects that they might be ninjas. (Is this bad to be giving out their ninja secrets?)
Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't.

Regardless, Peter is one tough little cookie. I think he probably would make a good ninja. He can definitely fend for himself. And, if little boys are anything like little puppies, if he ever grows into that big noggin' of his, along with his big hands and feet, he might just be a giant someday.

Last night, my tough little guy was out playing football with his older brothers. His face collided with Sam's head. (Sam has a big, hard head too... so that wasn't good at all.)
This is what happened...

I should've realized that it was bad when Adrian said to me, "Now, it's not as bad as you think. There wasn't any blood..."

His poor little eyelid was puffed out like a balloon. It make me think of Rocky Balboa. We put some ice on it and I gave him some Tylenol. The girls fussed over him, even offering for him to sleep in their room so they could attend to him.
And, what did Peter do? Did he cry a bunch? Nope. He's a ninja, and he's tough. He soaked up the attention and went about his business.

This morning, when Peter woke up, this is what he looked like....

His eye was completely swollen shut!!! Joanna came running into the bedroom to announce, "Mom! DAD! You've got to call the doctor!"

Well, I did call our pediatrician. They seemed less concerned about it than we were. We're keeping the ice on it, giving Tylenol for pain, and watching for any blood in the white of his eye.
I think the icing has helped the swelling some. As the day has progressed, his eye has become less swollen and more black and blue. He is going to have one heck of a shiner though, just in time for the weekend.

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