Friday, October 26, 2007
Temper Tantrum Morning
Garrett (9) and Paige (4) sound really awful. They have both had numerous bloody noses, their chests are tight and they just generally sound awful. The rest of us just have the sore throat that comes from breathing yukky air.

This morning the air smelled like a very large ashtray. I sent the kids back into the house and told them NO SCHOOL TODAY. I just didn't want to send them out into that muck again.

Cheers and hoots of happiness went out all around....except for one very disappointed 9 year old boy. He insisted he was fine and the air didn't bother him at all (wheezing and coughing through his protestations).

He cried. He pleaded. He wanted to go to school.

The other kids looked at him like he was an alien from another planet.

Mom was giving them a pass day. They could play games, watch movies, make cookies, do what ever they wanted.

What is wrong with that kid?

I felt like I was in that Cell phone commercial where the Dad is arguing with the daughter telling her "I WILL BUY YOU THAT NEW CELL PHONE, DON'T ARGUE WITH ME"!!!!

This is how our conversation went:

Me: Garrett, you sound awful. I don't think you should go to school.

Garrett: PLEASE MOM I JUST CANT MISS SCHOOL WHAT ABOUT MY FRIENDS WHAT ABOUT MY TEACHER SHE WILL MISS ME OH PLEASE MOM PLEASE DON'T MAKE ME MISS SCHOOL (the child did not take a breath through this long and arduous plea, he did have to stop to cough up a lung every few words though)

Me: I am so glad you love school but it just wouldn't be good for you to go today. I'm sorry the answer is no, you may not go to school.

Garrett: Throws himself onto the ground and cries for 15 minutes.

He is refusing to have anything to do with me.

I am the meanest mom ever.

I am making him eat pancakes and bacon and play dominoes with his sister.

Someone better call social services. It is unclear whether he will be able to survive this torture for very long.

Update on the Fire: It is closer to us but we are in no danger. Just lots of smoke and soot all around. We found my sister Stacey. They had been up in their Mountain house and lost power for 3 days so had no way to contact anyone. The firefighters are doing a great job and hopefully this little nightmare will be over soon. Several of the kids teachers had to leave school yesterday as they were told their homes would have to be evacuated. Please continue to pray for all those affected by the fires.

  posted at 9:01 AM  

At 10:22 AM, Blogger Kelli said...

You're AWFUL.

I just can't imagine.

(Oh, and the smokey stuff starting blowing east today. It's a loverly shade of orange and grey outside. LOL. I'm all about helping you out)

At 10:45 AM, Blogger Heidi @ GGIP said...

That is a funny story about your son. It is good to document things like that for later:)

I hope the air improves soon, it sounds like it is really affecting everyone's health.

At 7:25 PM, Blogger Melanie said...

So glad to hear your family and your sister and family are still safe.

You mean mom, you! *wink*

At 8:17 PM, Blogger LISA said...

mean mommy!Won't let the kid go to school!!! I'm glad you are all safe!

At 11:13 PM, Blogger Virginia (Jenny) said...

How sad. I feel so bad for those people out there who have lost so much. :(

At 6:19 AM, Blogger Lisa writes... said...

That's hilarious...although the circumstances certainly are not. May God send relief soon...

At 3:52 PM, Blogger Lori said...

Just unbelievable what so many people are going through. Just the smoke alone would be terrible. So glad your family is safe!!

Also, you have one dedicated little boy there!! LOL

At 9:03 PM, Blogger Rochelle said...

lol! This sounds like a scene right out of my household! ;)

At 11:50 AM, Blogger Corrie said...

Oh, I'm so sorry to hear about it. Yes, you are a mean mother...ha ha ha. Poor kid!
Hope it clears up soon!
Enjoy the day in!

At 1:08 PM, Blogger Mandalyn said...

What a terrible mom you are...not letting him go to school!:) So funny! Glad you have not been affected by the fires!! Keep us updated!

At 6:39 PM, Blogger Katherine@Raising Five said...

Too funny! Teacher's gotta love a kid like that!

BTW I just added you to my blog roll...finally! Sorry it took me so long!


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