This morning a kid I hadn’t seen in a week peeked into my room. His dad has been in and out of the hospital, so I said, “C’mere” with my arms open.
He came in and leaned toward me for what I thought would be one of our side hugs… except suddenly I was enveloped, squeezed, and lifted so high, my feet flailed over my desk. Then just as suddenly, he dropped me to my feet.
He’d cracked every vertebrae in my back and I was overwhelmed by pain. I asked him, “Did you hear all the cracking?” He said, “Yeah, that’s why I put you down so quick!”
He wouldn’t leave me until it was clear that my back was OK. I said, “Dude, next time, give me a heads up… but thank you, now I don’t have to go to the chiropractor for awhile!”