2012 has been quite the year so far. I can only think of one other year—2000—when our family has been this sick. That year, it was bronchitis passed amongst the girls for several months. This year, it’s been a whole bunch of things: colds, stomach flu, food poisoning, stomach flu again, and now more colds. And it’s not only the kids this time! I’ve been sick with most of it, too. I don’t think I’ve been sick at all for over 10 years, and this is just not fun. Anyway, Logan’s been quite ill with a nasty cough, sneezing, runny nose, and a strange temperature (104+, but only for 24 hours). Generously, he shared. With Ryan, then with Jim and me too. So this morning, as I’m hacking and coughing away, the boys and I had the following conversation:
Mom (said in a teasing voice): Why is it you only share the things no one wants? And you did it without being told, too. Goofy boy!
child 1: Umm…well, I just thought I was supposed to.
Mom: Not sick stuff! We keep that to ourselves! Remember—wash your hands, cover your mouth when you sneeze and cough, throw away your tissues?
child 2: But Mom! We’re SUPPOSED to share! Doesn’t the Bible says God loves a cheerful giver?? We gave cheerfully!
I found it hard to reply while doubled over in laughter. Of course, with the nasty cough, I also found it hard to breathe. Oh well. They say laughter is the best medicine…
“A cheerful heart is good medicine…” ~Proverbs 17:22