Saturday, July 26, 2008

Parthenon, 1; Xavier, 0

With Leslie's sister Karen in town with her four girls, we decided that today was a good time to go see the Parthenon. For those that don't know, Nashville, the "Athens of the South", has the only full scale replica of the Parthenon in Athens in the world. It's not a replica of the current ruins, but of the original building in its heyday. It's quite impressive sitting in the middle of Centennial Park just off the Vanderbilt campus. Well, our youngest, the fearless Xavier, decided to walk along the edge of a large step and see if he could balance himself. He couldn't. His head bounced off the first step, and then the next. He came away with a bloody nose, scrapped knee, and two large spots on his forehead. These spots may look like scrapes in the photo, but they are in fact nothing of the sort. They are two large areas where blunt force broke all the vessels in his little forehead. We'll have a lot of explaining to do at church tomorrow. But no more than last week when our same child pulled the fire alarm at the end of the Sunday school hour. We're making quite an impression here, I'm sure.


Elaine said...

Oh, the thrill of being a parent! I'm convinced God allows us to be parents to understand His patience with us!! I'm glad Xavier is ok! Jenny fell out of our mobile home about his age and hit the tongue of the trailer. She was trying to see out the bay window and the screen gave way. What a scare! Do you think God assigns extra angels to us when we're young?!!

About Janice said...

How's Xavier doing? Do you think your chances for classical Christian education are diminished by this incident?
Also interested to know how the scooter/red light challenge is going.

Matthew Bradley said...


I've been so out of sorts lately that I haven't even been able to keep up with email properly. Sorry it took so long to publish your comment...

Xavier is doing great. It healed faster than we would have imagined. I'm still laughing too hard about the classical comment to give any response.

The scooter has actually been in the shop. Something was making it hard to start and the shop couldn't figure it out and now Piaggio (Vespa manufacturer) is involved trying to figure it out. They've had the scooter all week! But since we (my scooter and I) weren't getting any bigger or more metallic, I started learning to avoid the lights (take the route with the most right turns) or stay with traffic (so the other vehicles would trigger the light). You do what you can.