Today, while listening to the Tom Joyner Morning Show I heard a sad story about a little boy who loved to jump on the bed. He would do all sorts of flips and jump as high as he could. I’m not sure how old the little boy was when he did a giant flip and fell backward off of the bed hitting his back on a nearby television stand. He got up and tried to walk it off without crying, but suddenly stopped and screamed in severe pain. His mother made him lay down and later (not sure how long) he couldn’t move his legs. She rushed him to the emergency room that night and found out he had a spinal cord injury resulting in paralysis.
The letter was written by the boy’s mother to Tom Joyner for the Christmas wish segment they have each week. She wanted her son, who’s now 10, to experience riding a bike with the other children as well as his two brothers. He had experienced riding an adapted bike and really loved it but the mother couldn’t afford such an expensive item. Tom granted the mother’s wish for her son.
That was such a touching story as well as one we parents should learn from. When our children are young we hold their little hands before they can stand to let them “jump” on the bed, as they get older we hold their little hands and bounce them on the bed and when they’re toddlers they’ll do almost anything to get the opportunity to jump, flip and fall on the bed. We should discourage that “fun.”
It only took one moment for that family’s life to change forever, and although it may be a very rare occurrence who wants to take a chance like that? Parents do all they can to protect their children; let’s just add this one small thing to the list.