August 13, 2012

Armpit Magic

"See, daddy really does have magic."

I have no idea how or when it started but whenever the kids get some minor injury, I ask them to put the impacted body part in my armpit. We count to twelve - always twelve, never eleven or thirteen - and the body part is then released. The healing power of my armpit can easily be attributed to the preceding twelve seconds of silliness but the kids don't seem to see it that way. I see laughing, they see a healing miracle. These days minor scrapes are quickly followed not by screaming or a request for bandaids but, instead, a dad, I need your armpit.

This is one of those situations that your pre-parenthood self could have never imagined. That's the awesomeness of parenting.

Posted by Chris at August 13, 2012 7:06 AM


Posted by: J at August 13, 2012 9:38 AM

I don't know how you come up with this stuff Chris, but it's pure gold.

Posted by: Nicole at August 13, 2012 10:06 AM

This is one of my favorite daddy stories you have told. Thanks.

Posted by: LeeAnn at August 13, 2012 11:56 AM


Posted by: Heather at August 13, 2012 3:20 PM

dude, i just tried this. my kids are a little skeptical. hahaha :)

Posted by: kati at August 13, 2012 4:38 PM

OH my. That made me laugh out loud. My kids and I tend to use the armpit more as a punishment. Like "you'd better stop picking on your sister or I'll stick your head in my armpit!" My 5 year old and I were just discussing this yesterday. When she threatens people with her armpit, it usually ends up being more of an "elbow pit" thing 'cause she can't reach her sisters head with her armpit.

Posted by: Kim K at August 14, 2012 9:37 AM