Rico was walking back with his dad from the grocery store and had seen all this happen. He wasn't carrying any bags, although he had asked his dad if he could. This time dad didn't let him, probably looking at the clouds and thinking of the rain that could come down anytime. Dad wasn't wrong about the rain. Mom was obviously concerned when they both got home. Then, when she saw some blood on dad's arm, she felt terrible for having asked him to buy groceries. Of course, it wasn't her fault. That's what dad tried to tell her. Mom on the other hand started wondering what might have happened if he had fallen down harder. He could have really hurt himself. Dad was also aware of that possibility, and said he would be more careful next time.
Mom was looking for the bottle of antiseptic. Rico watched his mom and dad all the while. It was scary for him to see his big dad lose balance and almost fall down. If dad was angry, he also probably felt a little bit embarrassed. So Rico finally asked dad if it hurt. Dad said with a smile, looking at mom: "Well not right now, but it will in a moment when your mother puts some antiseptic on these 'BATTLE SCARS'". Immediately mom replied, looking at dad: "I wouldn't have to if you had been careful". A little light-hearted remark was just right to make everyone feel easy. Rico got up and went to the other room. Dad continued to try to have some light exchanges with mom, but mom wasn't giving in easily. Rico came back with a couple of Band-Aid. He asked if he could put the Band-Aid on dad's hand and elbow. "Sure", dad said, proudly stretching forth his arm and showing his scratches. But when he saw Rico do it very carefully, his reaction changed. Dad immediately sensed Rico's sensitive nature. He wanted to express his love and care for his dad. "Thanks Rico", dad softly said to him.