While moving archives from the old blog host to the new, Bossy compiled a category of posts she likes to call The Dog Bite Chronicles. Actually Bossy doesn’t like to call them The Dog Bite Chronicles, in fact she hates it — but that’s what they are.
The Dog Bite Chronicles were made necessary one year ago today, on the day Bossy’s family likes to call The Incident. Actually Bossy’s family doesn’t like to call it The Incident, considering they’d much prefer to call it The Day Nothing Happened, or The Day The Family Napped And Watched Oprah.
But an incident was what it was, except worse and covered with fear and stitches and shock and anger.
Bossy’s daughter was being a Good Samaritan after school by offering to deliver a small child from the bus stop to her front porch. Bossy’s daughter barely had time to notice the screen door flung open by a challenged grandmother, when the growling dog behind the door lunged in her direction, removing Bossy’s daughter’s upper lip in one chunk.
The Dog Bite Chronicles begin with this family emergency, and move chronologically through the process of a lip graft recovery, a journey that is not yet complete and will require future revisions.
But it was in the compilation of these chronicles that Bossy realized something she sort of knew but never put to words: Bossy’s daughter is the bravest person she knows.
From close to fifty stitches stoically endured right under her nose, to the pain and inconvenience of an injury that altered eating and drinking and talking and breathing during what normally is a festive season, to six weeks of constant bandaging and treatment of the wound she didn’t want to see while probably imagining the worst, to the round-the-clock management of this scarring every day since, which amounts to unending application of goos and salves and sunblock that glisten from across a large room, to the unknowns about the future of her mouth and its shape and consistency, never once complaining or grieving, never once being self-conscious or surrendering
So consider this Bossy’s very first Awesome Appreciation Day. Care to share with Bossy someone awesome?
And in honor of Bossy’s awesome readers, stay very close for a giveaway to end all Bossy giveaways. Except she hopes it doesn’t actually end Bossy’s giveaways. You know.