Gorgeous George and I had a date last Monday.
We made it over 2 weeks ago, to go look at kitchens, appliances, etc for the new house.
Sunday evening Jake had a slightly runny nose and a bit of a cough.
Monday morning he had the same, but he also had the weight of the world on his shoulders, dragging his skinny little body around the house moaning.
So we had a choice.
Force him to go to school or drag him with us.
We finally decided that we didn't want to chance sending him to school if he was indeed sick. So we set up a little bed in the backseat, grabbed his gameboy, some books and a couple of movies.
The first sign should have been the big smile and skip in his step on the way to the truck.
He was a good boy all day. Didn't complain one iota. However, from the moment the first movie started I also did not hear one moan or a single cough.
So Tuesday morning, when Jacob dragged himself down the hallway and onto the couch, I was immediately suspicious.
You see, I was that kid back in the day.
The slightest tickle in my throat.
The mere hint of a snotty nose.
The very suggestion of a fever and I was pleading my case to my mom that I was surely on my deathbed.
My mom was a lot nicer than I am.
She usually fell for it.
In fact, I remember one time I played sick for about 3 days and she finally called my bluff and hauled me into the doctor.
The nurse stuck a thermometer in my mouth and left the room giving me just enough time to try and heat the thermometer on the lightbulb next to me causing it to break.
I then was forced to lie to the nurse when she came back claiming that in my weakened state I grew dizzy and dropped the thermometer. (If I had of been aware of a little thing called mercury poisoning I probably would have gone down that road too.)
In the end Jacob went to school.
I did give him the choice, school or back to bed for the entire day, no tv, no video games, no books, just sleep.
Not much of a choice at all, really.
I'm happy to report he had a lovely day and confided to me last night that school was probably just what he needed to get over his illness.