A Painful Lesson
That day, I was thinking about the same matter which I faced at home regarding scolding and punishing me for my silly mistakes. Our bodies are made of flesh and bones. Anytime any part is injured we feel pain. So we try to avoid injury as much as we can. Usually, it takes a painful lesson to teach us to avoid injury. The following was a particularly painful one. I, like any young child, love to run around as quickly as I can. It is fun. However, there is a danger of falling down which can result in painful injuries.
One day while playing “catching” with some friends I happened to run down a hill. I found that running down a hill was easy and I could go very fast. At the spur of the moment, I decided to see how fast I could go. So I ran with all my might. Alas, I ran too fast for my legs to keep up. One moment I was running, the next I fell sprawling onto the tarmac road. The shock was horrible as I scraped along the hard surface of the road.
The pain was intense as I lay on the road writhing. My hands, legs, and face were bleeding from the many parts where my skin had been scraped off. The pain shot from my elbow, through my arm, down through my legs, then back up to my other arm, and finally to my head. The pain was strong and sharp. When my friends came to help me they were horrified to see me in such a bloody mess.
I learned then, at that young age, that you should live every day like it’s your last because it just might be. Anyhow they summoned help and I was taken to the hospital. There they cleaned and dressed my wounds. All the time I felt as though I was on fire. I was at the hospital when I came to, on a stretcher with an IV in my arm.
I suffered for two weeks thereafter every time they changed the bandages. During my fourteen days stay in the hospital, the doctor told me something that’s always stuck with me. It was terrible.
I learned my lesson. It is foolish to run down a hill. Finally, this lesson teaches us don’t fight parent command. This gives me a painful lesson in my life etched in the hearts of the incident.
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