Black Eyed Susan

When KT was about two, she ran into something and got herself a doozy of a shiner.  It didn’t seem to hurt her much, but she was rather alarmed at her appearance. (Yes, even at that young age, she loved looking at herself in the mirror!)  We decided to convince her that all those lovely colors were beautiful.  It worked.  She loved nothing more than admiring all the gorgeous shades her bruise turned.  As I recall, she was sad to see it go. 


This picture was taken a day and a half after my incident.  The swelling and bruising had just begun.  It got much more colorful! While I don’t exactly think my two shiners are beautiful, it has been rather interesting to watch how my face changes daily.  I’m still really sore and have huge bruises on my shins, chest and wrist.  The discoloration and swelling on my face is almost gone.  The stitches have been removed from my nose and it looks as though the scarring will be minimal. 

People’s reactions are fun too.  I’ve pretty much stayed holed up a home, but sometimes you just have to go out.  Some people will ask with concern what happened all the time shooting murderous glances at poor Shaun.  (I don’t know why some people think the worst.  Shaun would never hurt anyone) When I tell them that I fell off the roof, most of my “friends” laugh! (I’m not really sure what that says about me or my friends.  I guess they just know me too well!) Some of them want to hug me and all I can do is frantically chant “don’t touch me, don’t touch me”

Other people, the ones that either don’t know me as well or are just trying to be polite, try hard to pretend that they don’t notice anything different.  Yet they keep glancing nervously at my face and back away at something…anything…different.  Is it bad that I don’t enlighten them? 

I think next time I want to look at pretty colors on my face, I will try make-up. After all, that’s what KT does and it’s been working pretty well for her…

(Thanks for everyone’s well wishes by the way!)

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14 Responses to Black Eyed Susan

  1. gawilli says:

    I agree that make-up would be a far better choice should you want to see colors once again! Glad you are on the mend!

  2. Kell says:

    Oh my goodness, you poor thing. At least your attitude is good and you have the stitiches out–that was fast! I hope your recovery goes quickly.

  3. Jay says:

    Glad you are getting better pretty quickly. The next person who asks “what happened” tell them “NOTHING WHY?” and then act all insulted. That would be fun.

  4. Peggy says:

    You’ve really done a first class job there Susan! The good thing is that faces heal pretty quickly. Has anybody asked if you’ve had plastic surgery?

  5. James says:

    Yikes, sorry to hear about your fall — hope you feel better soon! You should enter a beauty pagent a la Amy Sedaris 🙂

  6. kerrianne says:

    Oh MY! I’m so sorry. I hope that it doesn’t hurt TOO much. You should make up a story about how you are a boxer and just won a national title. ; )

  7. Chelle P. says:

    WOW! I’ve been busy vacationing in your neck of the woods (yeah, too bad about that latte, but we’ll be back!) so I was rather shocked at this picture. My honey, B, is a professional framer and thinks nothing of climbing up to the 3rd story of a house and walking across a skinny plank. However, he’s the first person to say, “Roofers are crazy!!” I’m all for do-it-yourself projects but not on a moss covered roof. You are very brave (and bruised). 🙂

  8. Susan says:

    Gawilli–yep, it’s gonna have to be makeup next time. Not that I ever seem to wear any but it’s gotta be better than this!

    Kell- I have to laugh about it! It I don’t, I’d really be a mess. (if that makes any sense) I am amazed at how quickly I’ve healed as well. And I am soooo thankful that we have excellent health insurance!

    Jayand Kerrianne–Now why didn’t I think of that? I love it!

    Peggy–nobody has asked that. Maybe everyone that has plastic sugery hides out until they are completely normal looking so they can pretend that nothing happened. Interestesting thought….

    Chelle–maybe that’s why Shaun is so opposed to us climbing up there. He used to do construction at one time and loves to tell us of his work on an elevator shaft. Now that sounds scarey to me!

    James–Do you think Shaun hasn’t mentioned that a time or two???

  9. oddmix says:

    Oh. My. Goodness!

    That looks like it HURT! I am so sorry for you. And the makeup plan… yeah, that sounds like a much better idea.

  10. Coffespaz says:

    Oh dear, I have to agree that make-up is indeed a better choice, at least you can control the colors, the shades, the placement, the amount…well, you get the idea. Hope you are on the mend soon. I can’t blame you for being upset at how some automatically assume it is Shaun’s doing. I loved Jay’s suggestion. Oh to be a mouse in the corner on that one!

    Thanks for the coffee, I loved the aroma. Since you are holed up right now, perhaps we should brew a pot and enjoy! 🙂

  11. Tink says:

    Not one… but TWO shiners! That takes some talent girl. I hope the swelling goes down soon.

  12. mjd says:

    Oh Susan, you are magnificent. You have been making light of such an accident.

    I guess that people look at Shaun like the ER people ask injured children. “How did you break your arm or get these bruises while looking at the distaught parents with a jaded eye?” This is not to say that hospital personnel should not be vigilant in looking for child abuse.

    Ouch…your fall must have really hurt. I am glad that you are able to blog about your fall. Take care.

  13. Mom says:

    I wish that you would just ask for the attention instead of doing these “things” that you do! Please don’t do that again and I wish your father and your aunt didn’t “trick” me into looking at your picture. I didn’t want to. Please stay off of roofs. That is for crazy men and Santa Clause! Get better real soon. Mama

  14. Newt says:

    I agree with Mom, roofs are for santa. Get better quick girl!

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