It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Dropping like flies

Nissa stayed home Wednesday and Thursday. Tremendously restless nights, though with no obvious reasons. She may be in today.

Tyler stayed home Thursday. Cough and fever.

The new baby — her name is Lily — was home Wednesday and Thursday, and won’t be back until next week. Tummy bug.

Which left me, yesterday, with only Emily and Noah. Two kids? Four and two and a half? That’s pretty much a day off by my standards!

So when Emily got off the kindergarten bus, I made my Big Announcment.

“Hey, guys! We’re going to a restaurant for lunch!” Because, why not? It’s fun to be able to give them a special treat. The main street just a few blocks away from my very quiet one has several decent eateries on it. I choose my favourite pub, and we head off.

Noah chatters away in the stroller to Emily, walking beside. Emily chatters right back. Chatters for two blocks, until she starts waaaaaailing.

Cold? Pinched finger? Stubbed toe? Nope.

“I’m to tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiired to waaaaaaaaaaalk!!!”

Hm. We’re about halfway there, but then we have to eat, and then we’d have to walk home again. I am not a masochist. This was supposed to be a fun outing. If I proceed, it will be an ordeal. We turn around.

Back at the house, Emily eats a decent helping of her rice and beans, but while Noah opts for a second helping, she opts to lie on the couch. Before I can transfer her to a bed, she is SOUND asleep. And stays that way for three hours.

Noah is perfectly chirpy. he chirps his way through lunch, he chirps his way through story-and-snuggle, he chirps his way through producing an enormous and exceedingly liquid poo. Ew.

And when he wakes up? Cough and fever.

Follow the saga of Plague at Mary’s. How quickly can it spread? How many children will it infect? Will Mary’s family be spared?

And, even more importantly…

Will Mary get today off?

February 5, 2010 Posted by | health and safety | 8 Comments