We were over at Mom and Dad’s house the other night. They have a big, multi-level yard. The backyard used to be a steep hill, so whoever lived there before leveled off two sections and the top section (where you walk out on from the back door) is held up by a big brick wall all around, while the bottom yard is for the dogs and has the pool.
The top yard is anywhere from 5 feet off the bottom yard at one place and 9 feet or more at another place.
That all said, my daughter (2 1/2) was standing on the top yard throwing dog biscuits to the dogs in the bottom yard. My dad was watching her and turned his back for a second - literally, a second - to brush off a mosquito - and in that time DD ran to the edge of the wall and lost her balance and fell face and tummy first 5 feet down into the bottom yard, hitting a leg on a stone paver and barely missing knocking herself out on a cement planter below.
He yelled and jumped down and grabbed her, and her face and arms were skinned up, and she had a gash in her forehead. Then she started throwing up (that REALLY scared my dad) and we were convinced she had a concussion. My husband (a paramedic) examined her and she was fine after throwing up.
You can imagine how terrible my dad feels. He wouldn’t even talk to us for about an hour, and Mom said he went inside to cry a bit. Ever since he’s been real quiet and always asking how DD is. I feel so bad for him. He’s blaming himself even though we told him it was not his fault - accidents happen.
So, I’m just telling ya’ll this to share it, and if anyone’s got some tips on how to make a grandpa feel better after something like this, let me know. Mom said he’s still talking about how he “let her fall” and that he feels so bad. My dad’s a pretty quiet guy anyway, and since this he’s been even quieter - just really bummed.
ETA: Change of title