Saturday, May 11, 2013

MMM Day 1: I was a Monster

So I'm making up for days 1 and 2 of MMM after the fact, but setting the publish dates on the days they were supposed to have been written. One of the reasons I wanted to do MMM was because I was a monster for a short while. I'm not being symbolic about the type of person I used to be here. Rather, I'm talking about a physical injury that occurred when I was little.

I had a bed that was three feet off the hardwood floor. In fact, I still have the same bed, and I still sleep in it every night. I'm just better at staying put while I sleep, which I have been ever since the accident. Yes, I fell off the bed when I was little. Not only that, I fell face first into a toy stroller with metal parts which someone had given me as a present before landing on the hardwood floor.

I vaguely remember being shocked out of sleep. I was only 5 years old, so most of my memory of the incident is hazy. The way I remember it, I was still half asleep after it happened, not knowing which way was up. My mother says I woke up fully, and was crying nonstop.

Me, around the time of the accident.
Was I actually a creepy little monster child?
The only thing I remember for sure was going into the bathroom to look at myself in the mirror. I remember being hazy, and stifling a slight scream when I thought I saw a monster in the bathroom. A split second later, I realized that I was looking at my own face in the mirror. I looked like some sort of horror movie monster-child.

I had little streams of blood coming down from the top of my face to the bottom, and my entire face was black and blue. I looked so horrible, in fact, that my mother wouldn't allow me to go back to school for two weeks, despite the fact that I really wanted to go because I was falling behind. She was terrified that they would take me away from her. That had happened to my parents' neighbors, who had a clumsy son who was constantly falling off his bike.

So, my mom was probably right. I did look like someone had beaten the crap out of me. I don't know that anyone would have believed it was a freak accident. Plus, I was always sort of a nerdy weird kid who would rather enjoy conversations and Gin Rummy (my favorite game at the time) with my dad and his buddies than talk about silly stuff I didn't care about with kids my age. The other kids probably thought I was a weird little monster too.


  1. We have worried, upon occasion, that people would think we beat our daughter because of all of the bruises, etc she gets because she's such a rough and tumble kid. We've never had that worry with our boys.

    1. Yeah, I nearly gave my mother a heart attack a few times when I was younger. I don't have my own kids so I don't know what it's like, although I've stressed about my many pets.

  2. Hey I was that same way as a kid always hanging with older people and not relating at all to kids my age. We are in the cool club in my opinion.

    1. Awesome! It's rare to find others who were like that as a kid. So nice to find another! :)