If I don’t get any sick days, then nobody else around here gets them easily. I’m just sayin’. If you’re my kid, you’ve got to be pretty sick to stay home from school.
Fever. Throw-up. Blood or puss that cannot be contained under a band-aid. Those will get you a sick day.
Sniffles. Mild sore throat. Tiny little cough. You’re going to school.
I tell you this because of a conversation I had with this little sweetie this morning.
Look at her on the first day of school. So happy. Excited to be going. Look at her huge smile!
That was two weeks ago. This morning, she had a sore throat. She thought maybe she should stay home.
She did not have a fever. She was not throwing up. There was no blood. No puss.
But she did have a sore throat. And she was coughing a little yesterday. And there is a chance she’s coming down with something. So I was reasonable. I patted her back and smoothed her hair off her face and said, “Sweetie, you may stay home if you don’t feel like going to school. However, if you stay home, you will stay in bed all day. You may sleep or rest or read. You may not watch TV or movies. You may not hang out in the living room and infect the rest of us with your sick germs. You may not play. If you are too sick for school, you are too sick to be up and about. You will be quarantined in your bedroom.”
She drank some water, took a Zicam, and packed her lunch. Twenty minutes later, she was at school.
If my kids stayed home every time they got a little sore throat or cough, I’d have a kid home from school every day! Yeah, they have to actually be sick to get a sick day. I’m mean that way.