On Monday, while shopping at the Midtown Target I received a call that I had been dreading for…oh, about 9 months or so.
My reception inside any building is extremely poor, so the caller went straight to voicemail. As I wandered closer to the exit I received the “new message” alert. I checked the missed number and didn’t recognize it, but I figured I’d better check the message.
Bless my daughter’s preschool teachers. Being parents themselves they are probably accustomed to the dreaded “your kid just got hurt” call from the school and they handled making the call to me very well. As soon as I heard Mrs. Rhonda’s voice, though, my heart fell through my chest.
“Everything is fine, it’s not very serious,” is how she started. Of course, we all know that’s not quite true. If everything were fine I would still be lazily looking at PS3 games and big TVs in Target, not holding my breath and thinking “ohmygoshohmygoshohmygoshohmygosh”.
Anyway, long story short my child was involved in what could only be described as a clumsy toddler pileup. I’m sure these things happen all the time at preschool; by design there are rooms full of toddlers there, toddlers are notoriously clumsy, and in this particular case they were running and playing in the gym as it was too rainy to play outside. Anyway, this time my kid was on the bottom of the pileup and banged her tooth on the gym floor hard enough to knock it loose.
Loose in that she can wiggle it, not loose as in it fell out of her head, thank God.
After calling the school back to let them know that I got the message and confirming that there were no chips, no blood, and no more tears I called the dentists office. Turns out the pediatric dentist is well versed in 3 YO-tooth-banging-loose injuries (I don’t know why I feared they wouldn’t be) and helped me feel much better about the situation. Heck, we didn’t even need a visit- we’re just waiting for the tooth to “firm back up”.
So I survived my first “this is school calling to tell you something is wrong” call. It was as bad as I expected, but all things considered I think I handled it well. And, yeah, my kid was OK, too. I think her tooth will be just fine, although if it does come out I hope the tooth fairy is good to her, because have my eye on a cute little gold replacement.