Notes from a therapy session

by DaniGirl on August 16, 2006 · 26 comments

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Tristan: And did I tell you about that time when I was four, when my mother tried to kill me twice in the same month?

Therapist: Hmmm, I don’t think so. There was the episode where she locked you and your brother in a running car while you were sleeping…

Tristan: Right, and then less than two weeks later, she yanked me off some playground equipment and I dropped like a stone from eight feet in the air.

Therapist: Surely she didn’t mean to…

Tristan: It was one of those things where you dangle off a handle and zoom across a beam from one platform to another. She called it a zip line, but I insisted on calling it a zip code, which was pretty funny because we don’t even have zip codes in Canada. Anyway, I had just barely mastered holding my own body weight up but I loved that zip code. We went to a new park one evening on our bikes, and I was so proud to be able to actually reach the zip code from the raised platform, and all I did all night long was zip back and forth.

Therapist: And what did your mother do?

Tristan: Well, she was watching and cheering for me at first, but then she said it would be easier if I used my feet to push off the platform at the far end. The big kids could hurl themselves across really fast and bounce half way back on one push, but I kind of had to wiggle and squirm to make it all the way across and back. Remember, I was a big kid for my age, but I was only four years old.

Therapist: Mmmm hmmm…

Tristan: And so my mother said, ‘Here, let me show you. Just use your feet to push off the platform…’ and she grabbed me by the ankles to demonstrate, but she pulled me off balance and I lost my grip on the handle. I fell face first in the sand, and because she was still holding my ankles I landed with my whole body perfectly horizontal, basically doing a giant belly flop into the sand.

Therapist (cringes): Ouch! That must have hurt!

Tristan: Yah, it knocked the wind right out of me. There was a long minute where I just lay on the sand and tried to figure out if I was still alive or not, and my mother later said the entire city of Ottawa fell silent and every pair of eyes at that very busy playground turned to me to see what would happen next.

Therapist: Were you okay?

Tristan: After I cried for a couple of minutes and got over being pissed off about all the sand in my mouth I was okay. My mother said she had nightmares for days about how close my head came to hitting the platform on the way down. I mean, I got over it pretty quickly and once my mom finished wiping the tears off my face and the sand out of my mouth with the corner of her t-shirt, I went right back to playing on the zip code for the rest of the evening. Funny, though – when we got home my mother had a whole bunch of new grey hairs I had never noticed before…

***

Bonus conversation!

We were playing in the driveway last night, and there’s a little plastic toy that was supposed to have gone in the garbage. I’m not sure how it migrated back out into the driveway, but I ended up running over it when I backed the car out of the driveway to give the kids more room to play.

Tristan picked it up and ran over to me excitedly. “Look mummy! You sure broke the hell out of this thing, didn’t you?”


{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 nancy August 16, 2006 at 1:48 pm

Can I have the number to that therapist?

2 nancy August 16, 2006 at 1:48 pm

Can I have the number to that therapist?

3 Lex August 16, 2006 at 2:33 pm

Let just hope he pays his own therapy bills. ;->

4 Lex August 16, 2006 at 2:33 pm

Let just hope he pays his own therapy bills. ;->

5 Miche August 16, 2006 at 2:39 pm

Oh my! You must have been scared out of your skin.
I’m glad everyone’s OK.

6 Miche August 16, 2006 at 2:39 pm

Oh my! You must have been scared out of your skin.
I’m glad everyone’s OK.

7 Renee August 16, 2006 at 3:16 pm

Ooh, ouch on the playground story. Sorry about that but it happens . .
That last little tidbit almost made me pee myself.

8 Renee August 16, 2006 at 3:16 pm

Ooh, ouch on the playground story. Sorry about that but it happens . .
That last little tidbit almost made me pee myself.

9 Phantom Scribbler August 16, 2006 at 3:37 pm

Trying… so… hard… not… to… laugh….

10 Phantom Scribbler August 16, 2006 at 3:37 pm

Trying… so… hard… not… to… laugh….

11 Snack Mommy August 16, 2006 at 4:20 pm

Oh Dani, I’m sorry, but I am in absolute tears over here! I literally am crying that was so funny. You really and truly have to write a book. Telling that from Tristan’s perspective was priceless!

12 Snack Mommy August 16, 2006 at 4:20 pm

Oh Dani, I’m sorry, but I am in absolute tears over here! I literally am crying that was so funny. You really and truly have to write a book. Telling that from Tristan’s perspective was priceless!

13 Batman August 16, 2006 at 4:26 pm

Ding Dong…
Hello Dani. I’m from Child and Family Services. No. No. I’m not here to take your children away. Actually, I’ve come for you. We’ve decided that it would be better for everyone concerned if we put you in a place where you can get the help you need. That’s a good girl. Come along now…

14 Batman August 16, 2006 at 4:26 pm

Ding Dong…
Hello Dani. I’m from Child and Family Services. No. No. I’m not here to take your children away. Actually, I’ve come for you. We’ve decided that it would be better for everyone concerned if we put you in a place where you can get the help you need. That’s a good girl. Come along now…

15 Sara August 16, 2006 at 6:00 pm

I am dying of laughter right now…!!!!
Perhaps a good story to use as the basis for your nomination of MOTHER OF THE YEAR!!!

16 Sara August 16, 2006 at 6:00 pm

I am dying of laughter right now…!!!!
Perhaps a good story to use as the basis for your nomination of MOTHER OF THE YEAR!!!

17 JoJo August 16, 2006 at 6:01 pm

Oh you poor woman! I did something similar last night back the van out of the driveway. Only my daughter said “Oh, sh!t!”

18 JoJo August 16, 2006 at 6:01 pm

Oh you poor woman! I did something similar last night back the van out of the driveway. Only my daughter said “Oh, sh!t!”

19 Zany Mama August 16, 2006 at 6:09 pm

When our son was born, we joked that we were going to start a “therapy journal” for him. Other parents keep notes of milestones and fond memories, but we figured that we’d just give him a head start on the years of therapy he’d need after being parented by us by noting things like, “Mommy was irritable and mean to you today – you will probably carry feelings of deep shame.” or “Daddy raised his voice when you spilled your juice, so feelings of helplessness will permeate your life.”
It occurs to me that blogs could really be a comprehensive therapy journal for our children. They could just take them into their first session, and hand it over as the explanation of what went wrong with them.

20 Zany Mama August 16, 2006 at 6:09 pm

When our son was born, we joked that we were going to start a “therapy journal” for him. Other parents keep notes of milestones and fond memories, but we figured that we’d just give him a head start on the years of therapy he’d need after being parented by us by noting things like, “Mommy was irritable and mean to you today – you will probably carry feelings of deep shame.” or “Daddy raised his voice when you spilled your juice, so feelings of helplessness will permeate your life.”
It occurs to me that blogs could really be a comprehensive therapy journal for our children. They could just take them into their first session, and hand it over as the explanation of what went wrong with them.

21 Jennifer August 17, 2006 at 7:14 am

“… just like you nearly broke the hell out of me!”
Oh Dani what a story, your heart must have stopped. My son once fell flat onto his back from 7 feet. That was his father’s fault, though. Yep.

22 Jennifer August 17, 2006 at 7:14 am

“… just like you nearly broke the hell out of me!”
Oh Dani what a story, your heart must have stopped. My son once fell flat onto his back from 7 feet. That was his father’s fault, though. Yep.

23 Sharon August 17, 2006 at 1:59 pm

I have NEVER done anything like that.
(could Ihave that phone number right now? I think Miranda might need it before she heads off to University next year)
LMAO!

24 Sharon August 17, 2006 at 1:59 pm

I have NEVER done anything like that.
(could Ihave that phone number right now? I think Miranda might need it before she heads off to University next year)
LMAO!

25 Lex August 21, 2006 at 5:30 pm

Love the therapy journal idea. It’s a great, and realistic, shower gift for new parents.

26 Lex August 21, 2006 at 5:30 pm

Love the therapy journal idea. It’s a great, and realistic, shower gift for new parents.

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