Well. Maybe THAT Is Why Quinn Never Wants to Leave the House.

I don’t know if it’s like this in your family, but in my family, every generation seems to have its klutz. I’m not going to call any of my relatives out here, but I think they all know who I’m talking about. I would like to tell the current generation to rest easy, because I do believe we have found this generation’s Stimey family klutz.

Klutz, thy name is Quinn.

You might remember Quinn’s trip to the pavement when my family went to Hersheypark. If you don’t remember, here is Quinn’s version of it from his school journal:


“Over the weekend I [went] to Hershey, Pennsylvania and while we were there, we went to Hersheypark and after about 2 minutes I fell face first on the concrete parking lot of Hershey.”

And that is everything that he wrote about our trip to Hersheypark.

Could that BE sadder?


Quinn’s facial injuries have healed and, even though he counts and ranks his boo boos (“That was the worst boo boo I got this month!” or “I have gotten hurt three times today!” or “I always get hurt in parking lots; I never want to go to a parking lot again!”), he had been pretty much injury-free for a while.

Cue ominous music.

Team Stimey decided to go out to the park on Sunday. What could possibly happen there?

Photo of spinning umbrella play structure.

*ominous music gets louder*

I think you can guess what happened here. My kids love this thing. Alex was spinning them on it. Quinn kept flying off and landing on his feet and laughing hysterically. Then…

Like I said, I think you can imagine what happened next, but I thought maybe your imagination would like to kick back and relax, so I made some illustrations for you. I’ve also included my thoughts as to what might have gone through Quinn’s mind as this was happening, although it is probably more likely that the thing that was going through his head was, “My parents are the worst! My parents are the worst! My parents are the worst!”




“WHHHEEEE!!!!!!! Spinning with one hand is exhilarating!!!!!”


“Uh oh. Spinning with no hands is scary.”



Yeah. That’s about right.

Quinn and his face.

It’s way worse in person. Thank God he heals well.

Quinn wins. I’m never going to make him leave the safety of the chair right in front of the computer and his Minecraft game ever again.

Although, I’ll be honest, he’s fallen off of chairs before.


This episode led me to write a post for White Knuckle Parenting called…wait for it…Parenting is Hard. Captain Obvious says you’re welcome.


Quinn has also been blogging from the safety of his Minecraft Chair.

13 thoughts on “Well. Maybe THAT Is Why Quinn Never Wants to Leave the House.

  1. I feel a little bad laughing at animated Quinn laying face down in the wood chips. Poor Q-ball. Tell him chicks dig scars.

  2. Hang in there, Q! I am a bit of a klutz myself. Everyone goes through “awkward” times, and some of that is related to growth spurts. You look like you have grown much taller than you used to be, and maybe that accounts for some of your recent accidents and falls. I’m pulling for you, pal!

  3. I love the photos/drawings of Q-ball. He will have some stories to tell. Poor guy.

  4. HIS HAIR! OMG, he looks so much older all of the sudden :) Feel better dude~!

  5. Now this isn’t a critique [really!]; but does the trip / falling seem to involve Crocs? I ask only b/c my broken ankle was related to wearing the wrong shoes. And no, they were not Crocs. I dread those. Now I can only wear cute shoes for special events. :(
    Also, the music you heard might have been the theme from the first Jaws movie.

    • He actually has proprioceptive difficulties (knowing where his body is in space). I don’t know that this explains *all* of his falls, but definitely some of it.

      • Oh my. I definitely empathize with Quinn.
        Recently re-started physical therapy, for both strength and balance. Not sure whether balance is precisely the same as proprioception; however that term is on my chart.
        Anyway, as I’ve likely mentioned before, I love physical therapy. The therapists are really skilled, and they keep the therapy interesting. One week they have you walking in a figure-8 pattern [really, that is an activity!], and the next week you’re walking over an obstacle course.
        My personal favorite is the balance board. Still do not like treadmills, nor the down escalators. Those are scary!
        OK, have a happy summer.
        Karen G

  6. My favorite picture is the one Quinn drew to accompany his retelling of the Hershey Park Debacle. The x-ed out eyes! Ha! I know it’s not funny. No, really. I’m sure it was very traumatizing. Second only to the Swing of Death.

    We have a similar swing at our local park. The handles are high enough that little kids have to have a parent pick them up to reach it. You can tell which parents are the non-science majors as the kids go flying off the swing.

  7. Your illustrations are hilarious. That being said, I’m sorry Quinn is so injury-prone. I have one of those too. In fact my loving nick-name for him is “King Clumsy”. If they make Klutziness an Olympic Sport, our kids will be gold and silver for sure.

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  9. Oh my god! I am CRYING laughing!!! You are an amazing writer and it sounds like a great mom as well.

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