Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Dangers of a Classical Education

Pestilence has visited our house. Various coughs, sniffles, fevers, and general grumpiness have circulated, and now we seem to be mostly recovering. Or at least I hope we are.

I was reminded of the perils of having a literary education when my fever came back in the afternoon and my immediate reaction was “I have consumption!” even though that would be impossible, not to mention highly inconvenient.

Even Nanny J caught the bug and went home early, so SwingDaddy spent a lot of time today coaxing the sniffly (but cheerful and highly active) Q-ster to use the potty, take a nap, and all those activites that interfere with having fun. Thank heavens SwingDaddy’s mom and stepdad are here this week to take care of us. Hopefully, tomorrow will bring better health to everyone.


This morning while we played with puzzles, Q-ster asked me to wipe his nose by announcing, “I have a booger!” After setting the baby down, I obliged and went to the kitchen to wash my hands. I could hear Buster began to fuss and cry, so I hustled back to the playroom, just in time to see Q-ster gently jostling the baby’s feet, chanting, “Mama’s coming, Mama’s coming.”

He returned to his toy as I sat down. “That was very nice to soothe your little brother.”

“Mama comes back,” he said absently, moving puzzle pieces.

That’s right. We’ve tried to teach him that even though we sometimes have to go away for a while, we’ll be back for him. I'm glad he absorbed that, even though he's already developed the teenager trait of selective hearing. I enjoyed that moment of peace in advance of the coming time when the boys will be fighting over the last slice of pizza.


kittenpie said...

that is really sweet. Good job, mama!

Mayberry said...

What a sweet moment! Hope you're all feeling better today.

Bob said...

Touching and sweet.

Mamacita Tina said...

Aw, such a good big brother!

Mamacita Tina said...

Oh, and everybody get better soon!