No, I’m not talking about the next activity everyone’s going to be doing on the internet; I’m talking about literally what you do when when you’re five and a half and you have a fever over 102 for six days. You:
- Watch at least three hours of videos or movies a day.
- Eat rainbow Jell-O, popsicles, “Awesome sauce,” and donuts.
- Fight taking ibuprofen, then perk up when it works.
- Cuddle with Daddy.
When you feel a little better, you:
- Build a bird’s nest out of a beanbag chair, pillows, and blankets.
- Color with chalk because it’s not raining.
- Command Daddy to freehand a map of Europe for you on the blackboard.
- Create your own bus schedules.
When you’re Mommy, while Daddy draws Europe and Benji creates a bus schedule, you draw flags (another interest that has coincided with his increasing interest in geography). This includes my favorite, the Rainbow Unicorn flag. Cuz what country wouldn’t want a rainbow unicorn on their flag? Only monsters.
Lastly, when you’re the parents of a five and a half-year-old who just had a high fever for the last six days, you wash your hands until they’re dry and raw, and you pray devoutly that your immune system can stave off whatever the kid had. Because no way do you want to spend the next week in bed binge-watching Netflix when there’s work to be done.