June 21 11

“Mama. I’m sick. Come home to me.”

And so I did. I raced out of my office at 4:50. I hopped on the train, so worried about my little girl. The only thing I knew was that she was feeling sick. She went on her class field trip to, well, somewhere, a farm, maybe, and had to sit in the shade for most of the day because her head was hurty. She was sad that she missed the arts and crafts on the trip. I stopped at this gift store at the subway station and overpaid to buy her a farm animal sticker and activity book.

I pulled up to the driveway and smushed the heck out of my little sickie.

And then she ate dinner.

And then she drank pop.

And then she ate some chocolate coins.

And then she hopped into my bed with her pillow pet and her giant pigslashpossum.

And then we watched Land of the Lost.

And then we sang a few Cher songs.

And then we sang a few A Chorus Line songs.

And then we did some arts and crafts.

And that was right about when she turned to me and said,


It was pretty much her best night ever.

Maybe she wasn’t sick at all. Maybe she just wanted to spend the evening watching movies and eating junk food in my bed. Maybe she just needed some Mommy time.

(Or maybe I will be up all night…)

(But I’d really rather assume that it was just a case of Mommy-itis.)

(Really rather.)

Now, of course, I have to wonder what my sick-but-not-sick evening might look like, as I’m sure you can probably guess, it would probably not involve arts and crafts or chocolate coins or pop or Cher songs. Well, with the exception of that Half Breed song because, oh my god, sometimes you can’t not sing that song and think of that headdress.

I guess my night would involve coffee

and cookie dough

and kettle corn

and John Hughes movies

and Mad Men reruns

and my Settlers of Catan app

and a good book

and skype

and some e-retail therapy

and some photography tutorials

and maybe some Cher songs.

  1. You had me at Mad Men. Well, and kettle corn.


    ali replied on

    Maybe we need a “sick” day ;)


    Comment by Momo Fali on June 22, 2011
  2. You know what mine wouldn’t include? Diapers and bottles, that’s what.


    ali replied on

    If you come over…there are no diapers or bottles as far as the eye can see…

    Just saying.


    Comment by Jen on June 22, 2011
  3. My sick day would include movie theatre popcorn, my couch, and Clueless. And then some Ritter Sport chocolate. Why the word sport is in that chocolate, I have no idea. It’s so very European.

    I love snuggly nights with my boys!


    Comment by Loukia on June 22, 2011
  4. My sick day would be similar to this past Sunday – cat naps on the couch and 7 episodes of True Blood.


    Comment by Kristabella on June 22, 2011
  5. You need to discover PopCorners Kettle-flavored.

    You’ll either thank me or rue the day you listened to me.


    ali replied on

    Angie. I just googled. We BETTER have these in Canada.


    Comment by Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] on June 22, 2011
  6. A lot of people I work with are “sick” a lot…I’m starting to think my going to work every day is not the way to do it.


    Comment by Scarlet on June 22, 2011
  7. Ah… I’m kinda realizing my sick-but-not-sick evening is practically standard routine. (I’m on sick leave?)
    Cookies. The cookie-eater dog waiting for her share. Magazines. Sometimes my homicidal pal Dexter. The book I’ve been plowing through for months now. (I only ever manage a few pages — because I’m too weak?)
    Movie theatre popcorn and Cher would really take it to the next level.


    Comment by Pam @writewrds on June 22, 2011
  8. I guess she understood something you didnt want her to..

    I love being sick means in most cases:
    “I love being sick, and I can then have fun, why shouldnt that happen all the time..?
    lets try tomorrow too..”

    goodbye innocence :)


    Comment by Michael on June 23, 2011
  9. i prefer to be healthy :)


    Comment by sapir on June 25, 2011

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