Today the lovelies at YA Highway are asking:

What is the story of your best scar?

Thanks for asking! I really only have one scar, a reminder of a tragic preschool playground accident that nearly left me blind.

(I’m being melodramatic on purpose, lest you were wondering. There’s really nothing tragic about it, but, like many things on the internet, this story does work better if you try to read it in the voice of a Harlequin heroine. Good? Let’s proceed.)

Picture it, four-year-old me:

Sitting at a picnic table eating a hot dog, when all of a sudden the teacher announced that if we were done, we could go back on the playground. I wasn’t done, but I wanted to be first on the swings, of course! So I bolted up and raced over to the trash can. But then! Oh the horror! I tripped and dove face first into the side of the trash can, my poor, delicate skin flying directly into a metal prong that had swung loose and was now dangling precariously off the side of the trash can. It pierced the side of my face, a mere quarter inch from my right eye! I was whisked off to the hospital and rushed into emergency plastic surgery, but despite the heroic efforts of the best plastic surgeons Cincinnati, Ohio had to offer, I still have a faint scar. If you look closely, you can see it in this picture (but do please try to ignore that stupid look I have on my face):

The end. Wasn’t that a little more exciting than “I tripped and fell into a piece of metal, and I had to have plastic surgery when I was four?”

(And yes, I do realize I’m probably closer to two in that first picture. It was the only childhood picture I have already scanned into my computer, and sometimes you just gotta make do, you know?)

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18 Responses

  1. Wow. You’re very lucky it didn’t get your eye. And that pic of you is adorable.

  2. Joy says:

    That picture is cute! Thank goodness for good doctors.

    Love the look of your website.

  3. Abby Stevens says:

    Love your headband! Thank goodness that prong didn’t get your eye!

  4. Wow, a quarter inch and this post would have been a tragedy! I love your earrings, by the way.

  5. Kate says:

    I also love your headband! And the adorable little kid pic. πŸ™‚

  6. kat owens says:

    4 year old you! ADORABLE! LOVE it. Thank goodness it turned out fine– I actually couldn’t find the scar in the 2nd picture.

    • Meredith says:

      Thanks! And yeah, on second glance, I guess it’s not all that noticeable in such a small picture. I should have made it bigger. Oh well, hindsight …

  7. I love your embellished story! My high schoolers act like that – especially when I mention that we’ll do our work outside. Good think I don’t keep a lot of sharp objects around. πŸ™‚

  8. Pam Harris says:

    How traumatic! Oh, and that young pic is adorable. πŸ™‚

  9. OW. *cringes* That sounds horrible! Glad you missed your eye!

  10. Monica B.W. says:

    ZOMG, I love your 4yo self! πŸ˜€
    And eek! I’m glad you got lucky and it missed your eye!

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