The eleventh commandment: Take not thine health for granted.
But if thine health should fail thee:
- Buy stock in your favorite tissue brand.
- Invest in earplugs for the long minutes of honking noses.
- Have trash cans beside every single person for dirty tissues.
- Make hot or cold drinks, depending on the temperature, wants, wishes, needs, and desires.
- Round up enough blankets to keep fighting to a minimum.
- Prepare to pile blankets on or take them off, depending on the feelings of the inner core.
- Stock up on any and all meds and overspend on vitamin C.
- Hand out meds and use force if necessary to ensure the consumption thereof.
- Wish for a hazmat suit when you hear the honking and barking.
- Do copious amounts of homework when meds kick in.
- Resolve to ignore all moaning and groaning.
- Do more homework the next day.
and the next.
- Know immediately when a certain one is feeling better by the rebounding energy and frustrated sounds emitted from the sisters.
- When one begins to mend, wait for the next one to fall.
- Hand out drinks and give food pep talks to get them to eat.
- Think about how good the food sounds.
- Make and consume some of the said food.
- Warn everyone who comes close to the house that it is contaminated.
- Call your Mother and thank her for the flowers. They may have been for Valentine’s day, but they do well for sick days also.
- Hope that if this plague would happen to get you,
you would at least lose weight over it.
- Ignore feelings of illness creeping up on yourself.
- Take some meds, buck up and keep working.
- Succumb to the dreaded illness and lay on the couch for a (Sun)day.
- Enjoy holding the little one who does not take naps anymore.
- Try and get a little reading in since you must sit anyway.
- On a bright, sunshiny and most lovely warm day,
invest in Clorox wipes and kill every germ in sight.
- See them getting better, see the end in sight,
and know spring will surely come one of these days.