Salt In The Wound

Wife has been close to pulling her hair out for the last few days. She is quite the accomplished little home doctor, but when her patients won’t follow the prescription, well I guess that will drive any doctor insane. So, the two little boys, again, took off their Band-Aids.

#7 and #8 have been pretty rough on their feet lately. From my experience, they will learn to step softly and watch where they are going, but until then, it’s splinters and stubbed toes. So, #8 has the splinter and #7 the stubbed toe. There go the Band-Aids again!

When #7 hobbled into the house, complaining that there was dirt in his wound again, Wife nearly went into a tirade with the two year-old. I can’t blame her short temper, it was the second Band-Aid that morning, and not even ten-o-clock. But she held it, and instead whisked him to the tub and started a bath, so he would clean and soak his toe at the same time.

As the bath began to fill, #8 waddled in also complaining about his foot. Well, two little boys can fit in a tub as good as one. Wife made the water a good temperature, mixed in Epsom Salt to help heal their injured feet, and put the one and two year-olds into their shallow bath. As they began to splash each other, Wife walked into the next room to check on #1, who was holding the baby, #9.

She had not been out of the room for more than a couple of seconds, when she heard #8 spluttering and gagging. She rushed back to the tub to find #8 looking very sheepish. Next to him, #7 had his own sour expression.

“I’ve told you not to drink the bathwater!” Wife nearly shouted at #8.

She then saw #7, looking rather green himself. “Did you drink it too?”

He looked up at her, still showing every sign of a bad taste in his mouth. He nodded regretfully.

This is not a picture taken at the time or place of this post. Nor is it an accurate reenactment. The lack of bubbles in the original salt bath would have taken away our "G" Rating.

This is not a picture taken at the time or place of this post. Nor is it an accurate reenactment. The lack of bubbles in the original salt bath would have taken away our “G” Rating.

Every child I’ve know has had the awful custom of taking a drink or two from their bathwater. Each of our children had that issue. And Wife had to battle each one, some more than others. These two boys have been the worst. Now, Wife has successfully broken the habit from all of our children, including those two boys. The secret… just add salt.

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