So, I'm taking another comp day on Friday, right? To make up for working 17 hours last Saturday. It was gonna' be wonderful. Warm, sunny day. My mom and I were going to go to lunch, maybe do a little shopping. At the very least, some window shopping.
And then. I get THE CALL.
"MQ, Punkin threw up at school earlier. You don't have to come get her now. She's not running a fever, but she didn't eat much at lunch and she went right to sleep at nap time. I'll call you after nap and let you know how she is."
Two hours later:
"MQ, she's not any better. She hasn't thrown up again, but now she is running a low grade fever. You don't have to pick her up, but I just wanted to let you know she's pretty unhappy."
Well, I had to go get her. Not only because she's miserable, but also because it's obvious she's sick. As a parent I try to be considerate and limit the exposure of my sick kids to the well kids.
So now we're home. All afternoon she's been lying in front of the television, occasionally grabbing her mouth and stating emphatically "I'M NOT THROWING UP!" And she didn't. Until just a few minutes ago.
So, now my shopping trip is likely off, unless a miracle occurs during the night. I'll likely spend tomorrow's lovely day cooped up inside.
But what I really want to know is WHY does this always happen? Almost every time I try to plan something fun, one of my kids gets sick. And I know I'm not the only one. Last week, Niki at Impostor Mom bemoaned the fact that she might have to miss a friend's shower due to a sick child and husband. I never did find out if she got to go to the shower or not.
Wikipedia defines Murphy's Law as "if anything can go wrong, it will." But I think we need to name it Murphy's Mother's Law -- "if Mom has made plans to do something fun, one or more of her children are sure to get sick."
Every now and then I see a list of useless studies that scientists have spent billions on. Surely there's someone out there who could study this phenomenon. Right? (Yes, there is. And don't call me Shirley. Sorry, I couldn't help myself!).
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