Please note: If you have an issue with scabs, or with people picking their scabs, I would suggest you skip this post and go on to the next! Consider this fair warning...
Tonight, as I'm downstairs playing with the girls, I noticed Britten standing in the middle of the room, zoned out, scratching at her chest. It took me a second to realize what she was doing. For about the past month, I noticed a re-occuring bloody scratch across Britten's chest. It looks something like a cat attacked her, but considering we don't own a cat (and never will), I knew it had to be something else. Every time I asked her about it, her response was the same:
"I ran into the wall, and the wall hurt my chest."
This didn't make sense to me. Every time I saw the scratch, it looked fresh, as though it just happened. How could she keep running into the wall and hurting herself, and why on earth was this scratch always bleeding? Like I said before, she's had this scratch for darn near a month now!
Well, tonight, as Britten was zoned out in the middle of the family room, it finally occurred to me - Britten is picking at her scab! For someone who likes to pick at stuff (because I am a picker!), I get queasy at the sight of people picking at their scabs. It literally makes my stomach turn! So, you can imagine my surprise when I noticed Britten, my own flesh and blood, my mini-me (so I've been told), my 2 year old, pulling her scab off!
Me: "BRITTEN, what are you doing?!?!"
Britten (classic Britten response): "I'm taking my chest off, Mommy."
Me: "WHAT?! You need to stop that right now! You're making yourself bleed. You're going to give yourself a big scar!"
Britten, being the stubborn 2-year old she is: "No, Mommy! I'm taking my chest off! I'm taking it off right now!" I tried to wrestle her hand away, but to no avail.
Britten, finally done: "There, now my chest feels better."
Great. I have a scab-picker. What am I to do?