Molly woke up up vomiting the other night. She vomited all over herself, her blankets, her mom, me, and her stuffed animals. Molly had caught a stomach bug going around that would eventually get 14 of the 16 kids in her class, and 2 of the 3 teachers. Molly would spend a couple of days at home recovering, and it was her first time to use the “sick bed”, an inflatable bed that we get out when people are vomiting and cannot be trusted to keep their real beds vomit-free. Claire had used this several times before, but this was Molly’s first shot. As bad as she felt, Molly was thrilled with the sick bed and all the attention and fussing over her. Claire, too, was pretty excited to be up in the middle of the night helping out. For the next few days, Claire and Molly would tell anyone who would listen about the night of vomiting, and Molly in particular would have a big grin on her face when telling the tale. Claire would say, “Oh, Molly’s just bragging.”
We did not take any pictures of the action on the night of vomiting, but we did get this sweet moment the net day when Claire took it upon herself to entertain Molly with a book in her sick bed.