Saturday, July 28, 2007

emotional rescue

I'm learning today about Mummy kisses. I thought, you see, that the words 'Mummy kiss it better' would only word firstly on a child who can understand language and secondly on a child old enough to be distracted by something as conceptual as a Mother's kiss, rather than a baby who acts on pure feeling and emotion alone and for whom the pain of a knocked head would be overwhelming. However, today the spud fell down and hit his head twice and both times a simple kiss really did Make It Better.

I know, I know, he hit his head twice in one day - and you're thinking 'how did she manage it?' It's true, normally he can hit his head four or five times in a day but today I was being Ultra Observant.

Anyway, so both times I swooped him up as he was giving me his most pitiful and dreadful cries. In a fit of Mummyness, I kissed his head, rubbed it, hugged him and some prehistoric part of my brain kicked in, opened my mouth and uttered the Four Immortal Words. Did he cry harder? Did he continue to weep and thrash? No! Amazingly, within two seconds of the Mummy Mantra he calmed down and started doing Spud things like yanking my hair and trying to clap his hands while holding banana. I nearly fell down and hit my own head.

So. The words don't matter, clearly a Mother's kisses really do have the power to dissolve pain. Unbelievable. I should be selling them down Brixton market on a Sunday morning, I bet I'd make a fortune curing hangovers.
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12 comments:

Suki said...

Yes, that they can. Just like granddad's storytelling can cure stomachaches, or baby boyfriend's hug can bring down a fever. I swear it's true!

The Good Woman said...

We could go into business together Sparx - I'll handle the Africa office!

kathryn said...

For me it was daddy kisses. Sadly he hasn't worked out that it won't work on a 27 year old who has just kicked her shins/stubbed her toe/smashed her hip into the bench. Instead it just sets of an atomic-bomb-like series of eruptions and feeds the anger and pain....."IT'S NOT FUNNY DAD!!!"

Krissie said...

And it's amazing how it doesn't work at all if you kiss it yourself! I tried when I was a kid. I hit my knee - I kiss it - IT DOESN'T WORK! Mums are the stuff! lol

Elsie Button said...

brilliant, i'll have to try it! that cry they give when they bang their head is heart-wrenching! although sometimes Betty bumps her head with what looks like a really painful hard bang and she doesn't even notice! btw: i love the fact that you are posting loads. yay!

Sparx said...

Suki - ooh, will have to try the fever thing when he gets one!

TGW, you're on! We'll be rich, I tell you, RICH!!!

Kathryn - LOL! Thanks for coming by!

Krissie - yes, I tried that one... clearly we need grandma power for ourselves...

Elsie - yes, it's heart-rending - and where do they learn it? One day he just came out with it and I just about collapsed! I'm finding posting lots really hard though...

Orhan Kahn said...

Mommy kisses, for the win!

Joni said...

Amazing, but true. My "baby" (now 8 yrs. old) still insists that kisses are the only proper medical treatment for pain relief. I still refuse to kiss toes or bums, though! LOL

lady macleod said...

see, those "old wives" knew a thing or two whilst spinning those "tales".

Sparx said...

OK - cool, I always wanted to win a prize one day!

Joni - toe and bum kisses... perhaps best left to the imagination! Particularly the dirty feet of an 8 year old.

Lady M - they did indeed, I'm a big fan of OWT meself.

Thanks so much for coming by everyone, cheers me up to know you're out there.

DJ Kirkby said...

My magic kisses never worked, all I got was 'Mommy don't touch it' But then I 'invented' magic cream! That works!

Sparx said...

Ooh, what's the ingredients? In case I ever need to manufacture some...