Most people enjoy their good health. Most people would prefer to stay healthy and NOT get sick. Most people would prefer to stay healthy and not get sick so they can go about their normal routine. Most people just empathize with other’s who are sick and do not try to have them make you sick as well. Most people do not take their temperature every 5 minutes just hoping that it will confirm what they already believed to be true – that they really are sick. And most people when the thermometer FINALLY agrees with them and shows that their temperature may be rising even ever so slightly do not leap around and jump for joy and plan how great their day will be NOT at school, but rather spent lying reading on the couch.
Well that was Erik this morning, but we all know he’s not like most people. William truly has been sick since the start of the week with a fever and headache that has morphed into a bad cough, and he legitimately got to miss school because of it – and that was just killing Erik. It’s funny because William loves school and would rather go, and Erik would do anything to stay at home and here they both were on the wrong sides of the fence. Since Monday when it was clear William was staying home, Erik has been trying to convince me that he was sick as well – except he’s been showing no symptoms whatsoever. But he got his wish this morning when just before we walked out the door for the bus it really looked like it was happening as his temperature did rise according to the thermometer and his forehead did seem a bit warm and I hate sending kids to school with fevers. But by noon I was very skeptical and took his temp again and he was perfectly normal. I’m wondering if I need to replace my thermometer. But I was a nice mom, I called it a mental health day for him and let him stay home for the afternoon as well.
And as it turns out he’s a pretty handy guy to have around, especially when you are sorting out junk drawers and finding all sorts of things. Because you can show Erik any gadget, any wire, any piece of plastic and he knows exactly what it is or where it came from, and if he doesn’t know – then you can be fairly confident that it’s garbage. So with his help I got a lot of stuff sorted out today. And when I found all of our mini-video cassettes from our video camera and wanted to know how to get the video off the camera and to the computer – he knew what a fire wire was and even found one for me (which I found surprising) and although we never got it working, he spent the rest of the afternoon on techie websites trying to trouble-shoot some problem we were having with the camera. This kid puts me to shame… I used to do techie things, but at 8 he’s already left me in the shade.
So most people wouldn’t get their little brother to lick them to try to make them sick, just so they could stay home for day, but I’m here to say that I really am glad that Erik isn’t like most people. 🙂