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Yesterday I got a call from Julian’s school requesting to pick him up because he is running high fever.
I rushed from the farm and as I entered the nurse’s office my poor boy looked miserable. I could tell he was hurting. As we drove home I suggested we get comfy, make a cup of tea and watch some StarWars. He said ‘no thanks’. Clearly he was very sick!
Once home he started crying and whining and feeling really sorry for himself. I could see the man flu coming! It was now or never, it was my duty as a woman to stop the circle of self pity over a germ attack. I sat down and explained to my sweet 7 year old son that when one is unwell he must find ways to beat the sickness. To fight it, to listen to the people who can help him and to listen to his body. I told him that fever is good and means that his body is working overtime. We talked about the army of blood cells fighting against the bad virus inside of him right now and that it is his duty as a leader to give them all the support by resting and drinking fluids. He calmed down and fell asleep.
Over the afternoon Julian threw up often, battled high fever and caught loads. But through it all he was kind and polite, thanking me for everything I did, asking if he can help me clean up after him, offering to go back to bed so I can finish making dinner for the rest of us. He continues to be beyond wonderful this morning and is feeling much better.
I cannot believe that I managed to nip the man flu symptoms in a bud. Researchers have found that a positive attitude with a general attitude of vigor is associated with less severe symptoms of flu and cold*. I just wish other men would follow suit. In the mean time all girls 10 and bellow who one day might be my son’s chosen one: YOU ARE WELCOME!
* Turner, R.B. The common cold. In: Mandell, G.L., Bennett, J.E., Dolin, R., eds. Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases. 7th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone; 2009: Chap 53.
You know those people that do their research before buying something? The ones that walk into the car dealership with print outs of all the models and ask the salesman about how many screws hold the engine on the lefthand side and after test driving it return four more weekends in the row before finally deciding to just get a season pass to the railway instead? That’s my son!
He doesn’t randomly ask for things or sees something in the story only to demand it immediately. NO, no, NO! He will first form an interest, fueled by dedication to the particular hobby or topic or thing. He will then research it inside out. After he is convinced this interest is here to stay he will decide what he needs to be able to incorporate it into his play or everyday life.
Take Star Wars for example. He recently showed great interest in the saga so we decided to watch the movies together as a family. It all started with him playing with our neighbor’s son who introduced him to it. Then he asked for a small LEGO set to be able to build and has since chosen some more now that he has seen the movies. But they are not just random sets, he maticiously reads the catalogues and watches You Tube videos to determine which sets will give him the best value for money and the most playability. Honestly, I am not making this up!
Unlucky for us most of these videos are old and mention sets that have since been discontinued and can only be bought as collectibles. Fair warning to Santa: he has his eyes on a box of LEGO’s that is topping $800 mark on Ebay at the moment. Better get those elves to work double shift as Chippendales of something…
Anyways the other week we were all relaxing after a hike with our feet up and Julian declared he will go upstairs and review his LEGO set. I did’t even realize what he meant until he returned downstair a few minutes later, handed me his iPod and asked me to post this on You Tube please:
Beside his sniffles and my not so white carpet I believe this is a masterpiece
Speaking of reviews in the coming weeks I will be featuring my top picks for Christmas gifts this year. Over the years I have met some incredible, passionate, innovative businesses and decided to tell you all about them. Stay tuned!