I never expected to be the kind of mother who’d hit her sweet child in the mouth but I was, totally unintentionally! I was a registered nurse on call for emergency acute hemodialysis. One Sunday night, I got a call just about the time the kids were headed to bed. I told Bud what was up and headed for the car. Unbeknownst to me, my young son, John, had also heard the call and thought it would be fun to scare me. Just as I settled in my car for the drive, somebody screamed and grabbed me from behind. By reflex, I slammed a backhand connecting with teeth.
John yelled for sure that time, as shocked as I was. He hadn’t taken the fight or flight response into consideration, never expecting his mother to attack. We both felt awful but I didn’t even have to discuss not pulling that stunt again.