A Two-Year-Old’s Perspective on Being Sick

Sometimes looking at things from your 2-year-old's perspective can remind you what matters most.

Hey mommy- listen.  About last week.  I’m sorry. I have no idea why my food kept jumping out of my stomach and then flying out of my mouth.  I was as surprised as you were, quite frankly. Every time you offered me that big plastic bowl and asked me if I needed to throw up, I said no because- first of all- I didn’t even know what throw up meant. Then, after it happened several times, I started to catch on, but I thought maybe I could stop it from happening if I just said no.  Apparently I don’t have as much control over that as I thought. I hope you can get that smell out of the couch and the rug, because, let’s be honest.  It’s gross.

And, look, I know you didn’t want me to touch or kiss my new sister. And I realize 50 times a day might be viewed as a little excessive.  But, honestly! How can I resist her, mommy?  She is the cutest little thing I have ever seen and I really like her!  What if someone told you never to eat an Oreo again?  Not as easy as you thought, huh?

And, um, in case you couldn’t tell from my stealth-like, ninja-escape moves– I’m not really interested in that medicine you keep trying to force down my throat.  I don’t care how many times you tell me it tastes like bubble gum– I’m not buying it.  If it is really all that delicious- why don’t you drink it?

Sorry about all the whining and crying and carrying on and such.  I admit, I acted kind of like a baby.  I’m a little embarrassed about that now.  But, I just felt so hot and achy and nothing sounded good to eat,  but my tummy was hungry, which put me on edge.  I’m sure you can relate.  And, I don’t mean to be critical, but you just weren’t getting what I was trying to tell you and I got a little frustrated.  I will try to be more adult about it next time.  Just don’t give me milk when I want juice or juice when I want milk- even if I change my mind every 3 seconds.  And if I want the whole bag of goldfish instead of just a handful, I don’t see any reason why I can’t have it.  That’s all I’m saying.

sick evan

And, man, how about those nap times, right?  Four naps in one day? That’s gotta be a record! I don’t know what my problem was but I couldn’t seem to keep my little eyeballs open.  I hope I didn’t miss anything important!

Guess what was awesome– when I started to feel a little better and you danced with me and tried to make me laugh.   I had almost forgotten how to for a minute there.  How come we don’t dance together every day, Mommy? Maybe we should make that our New Year’s resolution. You can teach me your moves, and I will teach you mine.

I really hated feeling so yucky, but guess what the best part of being sick was– It was all that time I got to spend just sitting on your lap and snuggling with you.  I know you have so many things you have to do everyday, and usually I’m happy just to play with my cars and laugh at my sisters, but sometimes it is sooo nice just to have you all to myself and snuggle. Maybe we could do that more often, even when I’m not sick?

me and Ev

Can I still watch my favorite movies over and over, all day long?  Yeah, I didn’t think so.

I hope you don’t get sick, too, mommy.  But if you do, don’t worry.  I will snuggle you until you feel better.

Love,

Evan

P.S.  And I’ll even let you have the whole package of Oreos if you want.  Not just a handful. 😉

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