Monday, March 31, 2008

God's Lipstick

Someone asked me the other day, "What's wrong with Will's leg?" This question was asked in front of Gracie, who has a bionic ear. She hears everything and is very observant. Will has what is called a hemangioma. When he was being formed, the blood vessels (in a small area the size of a quarter on his lower leg) did not fuse together. The vessels stayed open causing the blood to pool in a small area. Shortly after Will was born, we noticed a small red spot but didn't think much about it. After a few visits to the pediatrician, he informed me what the large red spot was and gave me the good news: it would be completely gone by the time Will turns 3. But for someone who has never seen a raised area of bright red blood vessels, I'm sure it can be a bit concerning. Today, that spot is doing exactly what the doctor said it's disappearing. There are only a few hints of what used to be. In a few more months, all of his vessels will fuse and connect together and the blood will completely flow in that spot.

So Gracie asked me, "Is there something wrong with Will?" No, I explained to her. Some people just don't know the right things to say nor how to say them. Gracie was concerned this lady had hurt Will's feelings, but Will is still so young, he could care less! Gracie wanted to know then what caused the spot on Will's leg, especially if other people were noticing. "That's where God kissed him," I told her. My answer was good enough because she didn't ask about it again.

Words can be damaging. Proverbs 12:18 says, "Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise bring healing." As humans, we have the tendency to speak without thinking about how our words will be taken by someone else.

While we were in Walmart recently, someone spotted Will's leg and wanted to know, "What's that? Did he fall?" Gracie quickly responded, "That's where God kissed him...and left some lipstick."

I doubt God wears lipstick but he has certainly left His handiwork on each of us!


Sara said...

I know Gracie keeps you entertained. She sounds quite witty and full of personality. She's going to be a great helper with Baby Girl!

OMalley said...

Barbie, I love your explanation of God kissing Will's leg and Gracie thinking God wears lipstick. My 4th and last child was breech. He has a large brown spot on his leg. We say it is Dr. Godfrey's thumbprint. He had to be delivered quickly because of a prolapsed cord so Dr. Godfrey grabbed and pulled him out.
Leonore O'Malley

Tommy, Suzanne, and Mary Peyton said...

how precious.

i had to share another "mary peyton loves barbie" moment with you.

last night as we were watching the 10 o'clock broadcast (and PRAYING mpb would go to bed SOON!!!), she looked up and said, "my barbie has a sanders!".

she's right

chasity reeves had a little girl in november named sanders. so i guess now mary peyton thinks that if someone is pregnant and having a girl - well it must be a sanders!

mary peyton has a birthmark on her right booty cheek (i think it's called a hematoma...). anyway - it's one that i've seen some children/adults have on their face or other more noticable areas. but still, some people have asked me how mary peyton bruised her rear.

now i can tell her that it's just where God kissed her! thanks!!!!!

good luck!