She Bounced; No One Noticed, Part I of III

She Bounced; No One Noticed, Part I of III
By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved.

Part I: The child, under 2 years, was being carted (carried) by her 7-year old sister. They were quite a team.

When elder sister placed the youngster on the floor, the young child did what many young children do.

She placed her arms high into the air and raced off in the opposite direction. Then elder sister would pick the youngster up.

This was repeated multiple times. Up. Down. Run. Up. Down. Run.

Perhaps a parent was deaf.

Would this make a difference to others? Perhaps.

Perhaps the parent was hearing.

Would this make a difference to others? Perhaps not.

While working I saw the entire moment in slow motion and had a different reaction than all others.

For starters, I saw the bounce.

No one else viewed the incident, which I saw unfold clearly. I stood a few feet from their feet.

The small child was walking in wide circles.

Her sister looked away for just a few seconds.

The parent was leaning on a counter, filling out a form, eyes focused up and away. I stood behind the family, watching the children with a smile.

When the small child hit the floor, I was the only person who moved to help the child.

She hit the hard floor with a loud pop.

Her chin bounced backward.

Her ponytail whiplashed up. Then it flew to her sweatshirt, which had a large, pink angel on the front.

I gasped and reached out to her.

The child picked her little self up off that hard floor, shook herself (truly) and stepped forward.

She did not miss a beat once she regained her footing.

Her little Cinderella sneakers took off before her arms were balanced, and she wobbled for only a few seconds.

Me? I saw the fall; I reacted quickly.

When I saw she was quickly back into her good-to-go-run-walk after bouncing, my arms were extended forward, palms up (to catch her).

My posture was frozen as I bent down to help this young child.

She? Her pink sneakers had no dust on them.

She was back in full swing (swinging her arms), not the least bit uncomposed as she moved forward.

People saw me in the awkward posture and asked me if I was okay. I nodded and said, “She bounced, no one noticed – perhaps as it should be.”

The adults and teens near me all laughed.

The elder sister did not hear my words; the youngster’s parent did not hear my words. …

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Part I of III is posted January 4, 2012, on Monette’s Musings at and

Part II of III is posted January 17, 2012, on Monette’s Musings at and

Part III of III is posted January 27, 2012, on Monette’s Musings at and

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