As a father of a 22 month old son, I'm ashamed to admit my son was hurt yesterday due to my lack of better judgement. Due to his prematurity, he is much smaller than kids his age and is very behind in development. While at Disneyland yesterday, I was amazed to see him walking around Main Street for the first time. Usually, I'm overprotective and wanted him to hold my finger while walking. However, he insisted on walking by himself and I let him do so thinking that others in the area would give him the right of way. Besides, it was only a few months ago when a friend of mine let her 16 month son walk freely through the crowds during a very busy Holloween DCA night.
What a mistake! A little girl about 3-4 years-old walking in the opposite direction of my son pushed him to the floor with both hands. The scene must have seemed to take a few hours to unfold as he fell to the floor and hit his head on the the Main Street concrete. Others in the area heard the horrifying sound and were shocked. The mother of the small girl who pushed him immediately walked up to check if he was okay. I picked up my son and checked his injury if he was bleeding. A cast member checked on us and offered to give him a free lolipop. We kindly refused and kept our attention on our hurt son. He continued crying as my wife and I headed for the first aid station.
After over a hundred visits to Disneyland, this was our first visit to the first aid station between the Plaza Inn and Main Street. The staff took our information and gave us an icepack for his head. Eyeore even came out and offered him a candybar, but my son was in no mood to accept. The courtesy of the cast members that day made the event somewhat bittersweet. Although I'm certain there were some 'legal' motives behind their training, we were grateful in the treatment and concern we received.
As I type this post a day later, I'm still haunted by the event and hope my son didn't receive an injury that can go undetected. On a good note, he seems to be fine and was back to his mischief later that afternoon. I just wanted to pass on this information to the other parents out there for whatever its worth.