Gabi was riding her bike into Paly and swerved and crashed to avoid running into a boy who crossed her path. Even though she was riding slowly, she fell full forward and whacked her head on the concrete and then had her backpack whack her in the back of the head. The bike fell on her and she blacked out for a bit.
However, because she had her helmet on and buckled, we got to go to Urgent Care to treat a concussion rather than the Emergency Room or morgue.
I have been a helmet enforcer for a while, stopping unknown kids on the streets and reminding them to put on the helmets they have hanging on their handle bars. I yell at passing kids to buckle up. This has mortified my kids on more than one occasion and not made me that popular with some parents. However, it did make sure that my daughter knew to wear her helmet and possibly saved her life.
PLEASE PLEASE share this story with your kids and remind them that it is not cool to become an organ donor.
PS If your son came home yesterday with a scrape on his leg, please let the school know. The boy that my daughter swerved to avoid crashing into thanked her by cursing her out for grazing his leg, kicking the bike while it was on top of her, leaving her on the ground dazed and alone, and walking away. Happened around 9:00 am near the fields and they are looking for witnesses.
PPS Adults who don't wear helmets are sending a very strong message to our teens that it is not cool or mature to buckle up. Only kids have to do it so it must be silly. Think twice before going topless.