Tales from Reddit / topic: what’s been the scariest moment of your life?

I had two stories.  This is one I’ll share here:

(posted 25 days ago)

adulthood scary stuff:

2002: new son, soon-to-be-new wife, very new life, living it up in the hills of WV. poor but proud and having a good time shortly after 9/11.

me and the wife make some really good chili (ok so mostly it’s her deal, but I’ve been known to eat the hell out of it), and we decided to do a batch for that night. anyway, my ten-month old toddler of a son decides he would like to help, but of course, that’s not a good thing for baby to do. this led to me picking up baby several times by the armpits and sending him on his merry way out of the room.

well, the chili is a done deal, hot and boiling, dinner is being served. i had my hands on the soup bowls, and my wife was pouring out sweet tea, and neither one of us was able to drop everything in time to stop our one-year-old from pulling a really large bowl of the almost boiling chili on top of himself.

i was able to deflect the container a bit as it dropped so it (just barely) missed his face and upper body, but a good liter or so soaked his arm up to the shoulder and as i snatched him up (probably too roughly) i could literally feel the first few layers of skin on his arm just immediately start to peel off in my fist. we dropped everything, stood him in the shower for a few minutes and as his arms just continued to bubble and peel we decided finally that it would be better to just hop in the car than to wait for an ambulance to arrive. so that’s what we did, we drove down there with our hazards on, and with absolutely no concern for any traffic laws or consequences thereof.

of course he is fine now, reddit.  don’t you worry. he’s even got a cool scar to show for it, though now of course it is pathetically small. but that moment when it happened, it was breath-taking, and i’m wise enough to know what could have happened had it hit him full-force on the chest or face. so you have to be grateful, even when tragic things happen, because those things, bad as they are, could always be more tragic.

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1 Response to “Tales from Reddit / topic: what’s been the scariest moment of your life?”


  1. 1 Stephen Brehaut September 19, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Well, I see you’ve been busy. I was killing some time, waiting on the Dishroom to finish up and randomly typed in your name. Low and behold the search gave me several hits. You have a blog, who knew. Listening to “slow pan phillip glass eating his heart out” atm. kinda soothing. I’m glad you’ve reacquainted yourself with your inner badass music making motherfucker. But rather than send you a long ass comment that’s really not a response to the subject, (didn’t know about the chili indecent) I will send you a proper email.
    Stephen.


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