Need A New Go-To

Oct 17, 2011

I had the extreme pleasure of breaking my pinkie toe last night. David or Anna (neither would shoulder the blame) left a small toy on the stairs, I stepped on it, hopped and landed on the edge of the stair, rolling my toes under me as I fell. Now I'm lurching around like Quasimodo and I have a glorious purple toe.

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As I sat on the couch with an ice pack, Anna hovered worriedly (guiltily???) over me, cooing and fretting. "Mom, you should go to the doctor. It's all swollen and it's the wrongcolor," she said. I grimaced and told her I'd broken toes before, and I just needed to stay off it for awhile. She wasn't satisfied with that.

"You need to call Dad."

"Why would I call your father?"

"Because he needs to take you to the doctor. We could go to Urgent Care, like we did with David."

"Anna, it's going to be OK. It's relatively straight, so I'm just going to tape it to the toe that's next to it. It's what they'd do at the doctor's office anyway."

"Call Dad. He can help you."

"Anna….." I really didn't know how to say it so I just said it. "I can't call him anymore. He's not the person I should be falling back on when things go wrong. He's not here for me like that anymore. Do you understand?"

"No. You'd do it for him." She stuck her lip out, mulishly.

I sighed. "Yeah, I would. But I still can't call him. And besides, I don't need a doctor this time."

"What about when you do?"

"I guess I just need to find a new go-to person, don't I?"

It's not like I don't haveanyone. I have neighbors and friends from work. I have people. I just don't have aperson.

"Mom, when you get your go-to person, make sure he's around when you need to call him."

I rolled my eyes. "Yes, Anna."

"And if he's rich, that's good, too."

"Rich and hanging by the phone. My kind of guy."

I guess I need to start working on that. Just as soon as I can walk without limping and grimacing, anyway.

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