Another certainty when sickness enters our home is that the afflicted kids among us will get special treatment. We will do their jobs for them, give them sweet treats here and there, and provide lots of drinks, medicine, extra hugs, blankets, and plenty of TV, movies, and video games. Zach has a wonderful few days ahead, considering just how sick he is.
But there is one thing you can be sure of, one absolute guarantee when illness strikes one of the Wilburs. We stay home to avoid spreading it to others. We may all be doomed to catch it, but you aren’t. We wish more people felt the same way.
So this morning while my husband takes the other kids out, Zach will be cuddled up under a cozy blanket, a big drink and a little candy by his side, playing on the XBox 360 with me. As each kid inevitably comes down with it in the days to come, they’ll receive the same treatment. And you, the public at large, will receive the same consideration we’ve shown you with our first patient. We’ll keep our germs to ourselves.