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Rebecca Lindamood: Foodie With Family

March 8, 2010

Foodie with Family: Spring and camo casts

March is finally here, and while we're sure to face a snowstorm or two before we've seen the last of winter, signs of spring are beginning to pop up like daffodils. Canada geese are winging their way North-ward, the first official day of spring is a couple weeks away, Lent is here, corned beef briskets and cabbages are piled high at the grocery store, Easter is around the corner, and Shamrock Shakes are back on the menu.

It's so close that you can almost smell the fresh grass beneath the snow.

Geese aren't the only creatures in flight this time of year. My 8-year-old, Ty, attempted flight off of our loveseat last week -- aided in his endeavor by propulsion provided by his elder brother -- and landed in the local emergency room. It turns out that the same maneuver that worked so admirably when younger brother propelled older brother did not work quite so well in reverse. Or so they say.

Ty was provided with a stylish camouflage full-arm cast. I'll bet you didn't know that a full arm cast is like a Swiss army knife. It doesn't just protect your broken bones -- because Ty had three of them -- it is also a formidable weapon against brothers ("Get back or I'll brain you with THIS!"), a tool to get out of bathing, a portable autograph book and a musical instrument. ("Mom! Look! It's a drum!" quoth he while pounding his cast repeatedly with a large stick. I died a little just then.)

And while Ty looks forward to having his cast removed, I'm considering having all my children put in permanent full-body casts. I thought it might save a little trouble down the road. Of course, the idea is just in its first stages. It needs a little refinement.

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