Today is World Thinking Day for the global Girl Scout/Girl Guides movement, and what that means in practical terms is that, during my six-year-old’s Daisy troop meeting last night, several of the parents got drafted into making swap items for the girls to swap with other Girl Scout troops at the event all the local troops are attending tonight. (The girls themselves couldn’t make the swap items because, firstly, they were busy making Valentine’s Day crafts, and perhaps somewhat more importantly, the swap items involved melting poker chips on a grill and then drilling a hole through them with a power drill.)
The chips had already been melted when we got there, into flat metal discs; so now, they needed someone to drill a hole through the centre of each one, through which yarn would then be strung and tied into a loop. (The end result is rather cute.) The other two or three mums there immediately volunteered to do the threading and tying, so since clearly none of them wanted to operate the drill, I figured that I as the only male there should step up and volunteer for that job.
I want to be clear here: this was a really easy, unchallenging drill job. Each plastic piece just needed to be held firmly in place and have a small hole drilled through its centre. What happened next is due entirely to my own incompetence.
Reader, on my third plastic disc, I power-drilled a hole straight into the palm of my hand. Specifically, into the fleshy bit right below my index finger.
It hurt (it still hurts now), but it didn’t go deep enough to cut into sinew or bone. It just bled. And boy did it bleed. I could not get it to close. It soaked through the band-aid pretty quickly, and blood just kept streaming down my fingers. Also I felt incredibly foolish and just wanted us to stop talking about it while I kept on drilling (as I insisted on doing), but all the mums were exceptionally freaked out by it and kept asking if I was all right.
(As Lisa said when I told her later how dumb I felt and that I really just wanted everyone to stop talking about it, “Honey, they all have husbands. They expect you to be that dumb.”)
Anyway, the upshot of this story is that a hundred or so plastic discs now have holes drilled in them, almost none of them have blood stains on, and I’m now completely up to date with my tetanus shots.