For single parents and moms or dads with a spouse who travels on business, Section Y (why?) of Murphy's Law states: "All serious injuries to minor children shall occur during one-parent circumstances."
I won't say Mr. Wonderful was never home, but I once got a troubling phone call from D1's teacher. The class was discussing parents' jobs and D1 announced her dad "packs a suitcase and leaves."
And some kids are frequent fliers in the emergency room - like ours, for example.
But despite Mr. Murphy's crummy law, one day Mr. Wonderful and I were both home when IT happened. D1 and D2 were out riding their bikes, when D2 burst through the door in tears. "D1 had a BIKE WRECK and now she's been KIDNAPPED!!"
We had just enough time to almost panic when a pickup truck (a neighbor D2 did not know) pulled up to the curb and unloaded the battered D1 and her bike.
So much blood! Carefully, we laid D1 on the the kitchen floor and looked for the wound. It didn't take long. Amid the scrapes and scratches, D1 had a big gash in her mouth - above her front teeth. And like most head wounds, it was a gusher. She needed medical attention pronto.
I am not proud of this, but I looked at Mr. Wonderful and said, "Thank God you're home. You can take her to the ER!" His reply? "I can't - I'm not dressed for it."
So I scooped up D1 and dashed to the car. And to the ER. And to the dentist. And did I mention it was a holiday? (That was why Mr. Wonderful was home!!)
That evening, I took a hard look at my spouse and asked if he had, um, changed his clothes. Nope, same T-shirt and shorts he had worn all day. I looked down to see what I was wearing that was so much more appropriate for the emergency runs. Yep, T-shirt and shorts.
I must admit that Mr. Wonderful stayed home with D1 for a few days until the swelling and bruising abated (I know what you're thinking - I am referring to the injuries on D1!) and she could return to school without evoking abuse accusations.
And as to hindsight, I got nothin.' Apparently your brain leaves your head when your kid is really hurt.
Fact is, it made sense at the time.