Learning To Fall

My wee rugrat had a bump on the head.

Well, I don’t mean a ‘there, there, you will be fine – now get outside and play’ kind of bump, I mean a ‘Holy Coo must not cry but get ambulance as quick as I can’ kind of bump. Needless to say we are all fine now. Few more grey hairs but fine none the less. Sigh.

Sitting in the  waiting room with said rugrat made me realise what a fantastic place the Sick Kids in Edinburgh is. Dr Murray was the best bit – very solemn but so funny and just what I needed as I watched the biggest needle I have ever seen in my life go into the hole in rugrats head. Said rugrat was amazingly brave through it all and was cuddled that little bit tighter and longer that bedtime along with his brother.

Anyhoo, I decided that I needed to thank them for all their help and for taking good care of us both, in what was quite an eventful day in the life of The Broadley’s.

So, lo and behold, The Sick Kids Friends Foundation is working in conjunction with Borders Writers Forum and have invited the general public, whether published or not, to submit a poem or short story for their competition.

I must admit that I had a wee smile when I heard that the submission was to be based on ‘Illness and The Child’. So, rugrats that fall and end up in ambulances really gave me an idea there.

I nervously submitted my poem ‘Learning To Fall’ along with my donation to such a worthy cause. Here’s hoping we won’t be seeing The Sick kids again any time soon, in a good way that is.

Winners will be announced in June along with amount raised. If you would like to donate to the sick kids, here is the link:



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