This stool involves one of my favorite Christmas memories. We have had this stool for a very long time – probably since when we first got married over 18 years ago.
Once upon a time, when Avery (now 16) was a little over 1, we were decorating our Christmas tree. She was our first child and we were so excited that this would be the first Christmas that she could open presents and have a small idea of what was going on. We documented everything! We either took pictures or videoed all her waking and sometimes non-waking moments!
One of these events occurred when we were decorating our Christmas tree that year. My husband set of the video camera on a tripod as we put ornaments on the tree. What a fun memory to look back on…..right. Almost.
As we were decorating, Brian and I began having a strong discussion – no a fight – about something to do with the decorations. I have no idea if it was the tree, the outside of the house or what – but whatever it was, we were thoroughly engrossed in the “discussion.” So much so, that we completely were unaware that our 1 year old daughter was climbing to the top of the metal stool beside the Christmas tree. We had no idea until she made it to the top step and then quickly fell off!! Only her crying brought us out of the fury of our “decoration discussion.”
Best part was………its all on video! Great, now we have documentation of our lack of parenting skills : ( That was the last time we set up the video camera to just capture anything!
We had broken the cardinal and first rule of parent: “Watch your child.” Still struggle with that sometimes : ) Long story – Avery wound up being okay from her fall – maybe even a little tougher : ) She, thankfully, has no memory of this.
Avery is my favorite today for her resilience.
Avery 3/-5 Brooke 4/-1 Kate 9/-7 Jack 2/-2 Husband 3/-2 Me 0/-1