Sunday, 8 January 2012

Pencil sharpening is a health hazard

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The kids decided to have a colouring in marathon this afternoon. I agreed to be Queen Pencil Sharpener (QPS). I was run off my feet! They were working their way through those pencils at a rate of knots. No sooner was one pencil sporting a sharp tip than the next was needing a spruce up.

Grind, grind, grind.

"I need a black pencil, Mummy".

Grind, grind, grind.

"This red one needs some work, Mum."

After some time I realised that I had a 'hot spot' on my thumb. A little surprised, I considered my options, but my work was not done and the kids were so content and well, occupied so I carried on, frantically trying to keep up with the pace of the colouring frenzy.

Grind, grind, grind.

Their artworks were prolific.

When will it end? I thought to myself.

Two hours later, QPS had to retire from the game. Injured. A great big blister on my thumb. Who knew colouring in was an OHS risk?

Welcome to 2012! Have you got a tale of a motherhood induced injury to share?

14 comments:

Maxabella said...

Welcome back!

I always get the pencil sharpener injury on my middle finger... weird! I also cut myself with the nail scissors today when cutting a wriggling Badoo's fingernails. Motherhood is cruel, man! x

Miss Pink said...

I am sporting a cut on my finger from a board game today. Yep! This playing with kids thing is dangerous. Best not to do it for a bit until I can recover from my injuries ;)

Shelley @ My Shoebox Life said...

Oh I love me a good pencil sharpening session! I'm a dab hand at keeping up with two little ones requirements after spending a year in the kinder room. x

Life In A Pink Fibro said...

Love it! I'm obviously not going in hard enough with the games as I have no injuries to report. Unless it's deafness from the long and involved conversations that take place around here.

therhythmmethod said...

Welcome back!
I'm amazed your kids stuck with it for that long, my Mr 5 complains of sore hands when he colours for more than 15 minutes. I think he must hold his pencil too tightly (just like his mum!)

Jen R said...

Yes, had the sharpening blisters before...ouch big time. I got sunburnt just alittle the other day ...made sure the kids were sunscreened up and forgot me :(

MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

This is great! TWO HOURS of occupation? I'm guessing that's one of the best-earned blisters ever, huh? ;)

I am always sporting some kind of horrific bruises, all over my body. I have hesitated the times I've been to the doctor since the girls were born, thinking I'd surely be pegged as a victim of domestic abuse. Abuse, yes...from strollers, baby gates, blocks on the floor.

Photographer Mum said...

Welcome back! I too have suffered the pencil sharpener blister a few times. I have also suffered the bitten tongue from being headbutted in the chin on numerous occasions...
Happy 2012

Kelly Exeter said...

Oh my goodness - another 'in the future' motherhood hazard I have to keep an eye out for.

*Not to self* - buy automatic pencil sharpener before Mr 2.5 becomes Mr 4

Mrs Average said...

Am I the only one who suffers from "Lego foot"? I have a permanent cut/bruise/gouge/tender patch on the underside of both feet where I have innocently wandered along barefoot in the living room/dinning room/any bedroom/hall and have trodden on a bimmin' bit of Lego. Happens almost daily.

Nat - Muddy Farmwife said...

Lovely post, I often get hand cramps from cutting using the kids scissors, as they insist I cut out their pictures with their scissors, rather than use my adult sized ones!

Emily said...

Oh dear! Sounds like the queen needed some loyal subjects to delegate to.

Ashleigh loves to dig in the sandpit. While squatting. And mum is not allowed to sit on the ground next to her, but must also squat. I'm developing quads of steel.

Mama of 2 boys said...

Haha! Oh bless you, you make me laugh! So good to get back to my fave blogs and catch up on the going's on. Sounds like next time the old thimble might come in handy MM ;o) xo

Kelly said...

Ha!

I really want to retell a story from a teacher from a teacher friend of mine here...it's not a nice story about a pencil so I'll refrain.:S

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