Friday, April 24, 2009

Shot in the Spine

Recently I was involved in a health fair talking to kids about the spine and nervous system. The school was situated in a depressed part of town. With high crime and poverty these great kids a completely different life-experience than my kids.

They asked great questions about the bones and posture but there was one question that came up several times. "What happens if you get shot in this part of the spine?"

Shot in the Spine? These kids were concerned about being shot in the back. I have done health fairs like this in a bunch of different venues but never had I been asked the "shot in the spine" question over and over.

Then I realized the blessings my children have. They don't have to be concerned about being shot or stabbed. Their biggest problem is being forced to do chores, wanting to know what's for dinner, not getting a second piece of gum, you know the usual.

This helps me to keep it real. When I think being a parent is tough, it's always good to be thankful for the big things, like the basic safety of my kids.


  1. Count your blessings, name them one by one...

    Good post. I started to say "it's the little things" but, not getting shot or stabbed doesn't seem like such a little thing.

    Happy Fatherhood Friday.

  2. Wow, Guess we don't know how good our kids have it until you hear questions like that. Thanks for sharing. Happy FF!!

  3. It's a different world. I grew up as city street rat and raising my kids in white picket fence world. There are pros and cons to both, but they are physically safer in the burbs.

  4. it's just sad that any kid at all has to worry about that. :( i wouldn't know what that type of life is like always growing up in the 'burbs' and raising my kids in a quiet town.

  5. Really makes out lives seem not so bad afterall when you do things like that. It's always good to have a little perspective once in awhile and be thankful for what we have. Great post!

  6. Great post! Really makes you stop and think about what is important.


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