I’m sore as all get out. Why? I’m sore because it’s spring in South Carolina, and my muscles have been in hibernation all winter. I was spreading mulch and pulling weeds in my herb and flower gardens, and my hamstrings have something to say about that today.
A few weeks ago my daughter wrote on Facebook that her hands were killing her. Why? She’d visited The Mountain Goat, a new wall-climbing venue in our city. She and her friends had a lot of fun figuring out how to climb the different routes up the walls, but within 24 hours her digits were yelling, “Treason!”
A dozen years ago the same daughter called to me early one morning and said she was paralyzed. She couldn’t walk, she claimed tearfully.
Why the melodrama? After hugs, a few questions and some strategic prodding, I soon deduced the problem. She was suffering from DOMS, Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, something I’d learned about in sports medicine textbooks and experienced personally.
The child had gotten her first jump rope the day before. With the single-minded perseverance of Pippi Longstocking, Junie B. Jones and the Energizer Bunny, my rambunctious ginger resolved to learn how to jump rope (read “jumping queen of the universe”) all in the course of one day! She jumped thousands upon thousands of times and soon had it mastered. She was the personification of “Jumping for Joy.”
If I had the online children’s book “The Muscular System” posted on Big Universe Learning, I could have shown her some pictures and read a little bit of information about how the muscles worked in her body and why she had gotten so sore. If it were in a book, it had to be true, right? That’s how she rolled at that age.
As it was, my daughter had to take my word for it. “You are NOT paralyzed,” I assured her. “Your legs WILL work again.” “The pain will go away in a day or so, and the blisters on the balls of your feet WILL grow new skin.” A few padded Band-Aids, an anti-inflammatory, ice packs, a dozen piggyback rides, lots of water, and some gentle calf massage also paved the road to recovery.
But, man…a book sure would have helped answer her gazillions of questions.
Children’s Books about Muscles
Other Children’s Books about the Body
- “The Respiratory System”
- “The Digestive System”
- “The Circulatory System”
- “The Skeletal System”
- “The Sense of Sight”
- “The Nervous System”
- “The Brain”
- “Rourke’s World of Science Encyclopedia, Volume 1: Human Life”
- “The World of Genetics”
- “All About Mitosis and Meiosis”
- “Looking Inside Cells”
Clip art illustration by Pamela Perry.