Joshua saw the injury before she did. It alarmed him, so he jumped up and grabbed her before she could look at it. Then, he rushed her to Clint and I.
Clint and I heard that stomach dropping "Mooooooommmm!" It's the way children say it that YOU KNOW something is really wrong. Your heart feels like it is stopping, but your feet fly so fast, you have no memory of how you got from where you were to them!
When I moved Joshua from between us, Bethany finally got a good look at it. Oh boy! She went sheet white, her mouth fell open, and I could see the fear rising in her face. She said, "I feel very shaky!!"
There is one important lesson I learned early on thanks to a godly mother of a large brood sharing the tip with me: MOTHER, YOU greatly influence the tone in your household. Everyone looks to you. Even many Daddies, when they come home weary from work, look to see how Mom is reacting and responding. Your attitude will affect those around you. If you want a cheerful, happy house, behave that way. If you want a moody, sullen family with a bad attitude, behave that way. I was blessed to have this wisdom passed to me early on. It may take time to correct course if a bad attitude has become habit. A Bible study on self control and the Fruits of the Spirit may help you.
I was concerned when I saw the wound because I knew it was prime for infection, would hurt her to have it sewn closed, and would leave a noticeable scar. It was also horrible to see INSIDE my child!! But, my concerns didn't matter. What mattered was helping Bethany manage her fear. I had to control my reaction (self control) and focus on the main thing: helping my daughter in whatever way she needed help.