For two months he has said, "My heel really hurts."
And I said, "Uh huh."
But I thought, "It's just a little bruise thing. It's not a big deal."
After school on Friday, I gave in and took him to the doctor even though I dreaded the bill that would follow in the mail.
I heard the doctor say,
"Growth plate injury."
"Risk of permanent damage without treatment."
"Very glad you brought him in when you did."
That's when I had to eat my words, both spoken and unspoken.