Saturday, December 02, 2006

Joyful We Adore Thee

After days of lethargy, abnormal amounts of sleep and the saddest, most painful face in history, The Boy is slowly making his way back to health. For now, at least. (Knock on wood.) It goes without saying that we love The Boy no matter what mood he is in, but for the past week, when I looked at him, it was like looking at a stranger. Unresponsive, unwell and downright miserable. It hurt my heart to see him that way. And, it was such a relief when we finally began to see his "joie de vivre" return.

It's funny, isn't it, how someone can be right there in front of you, sitting on your lap, laying his head on your shoulder, and you can still miss him terribly? Now, instead of the horrible, disquieting silence, interrupted only by wheezing, coughing and the music from his favourite video, we hear the joyous sounds of an almost-two-year-old:

  • Running after a ball and squealing like a stuck pig when he catches it.
  • Hiding behind the curtains and popping out to say "Peekyboo".
  • Hiding in various rooms and coming out with his favourite new catch-phrase "Shut de door!"
  • Yelling "Hi Charley" at his new book, Clifford's Christmas Presents.
  • Responding to our question "Do you want dinner?" with a most enthusiastic "YEAH!"

Wherein The Boy attempts to make up for lost time by doing some chin-ups.

And as for me? Well, Ye Gods of the Sickies have a rotten sense of humour. I have spent the last few days battling an unbearable headache, coughing up phlegm and blowing my nose every few minutes. Who knew that my head could have so much snot? Seriously, though, where is it kept?? Because if I knew that I had so much space in my head, I would use it to store much more important stuff. Like memorizing Pi to a thousand decimal places. Or learning Mandarin. Now that would be useful.


Anonymous said...

I'm glad your son is feeling better. I've had a similar reaction when my kids were sick -- I never thought I'd miss their rambunctiousness until it was replaced by lethargy and listlessness.

I hope you'll be on the mend soon, too!

kittenpie said...

ha - I totally know the feeling! Like someone turned you upside down, poured concrete up your nose, and left you there till it set up solid. /Gross.

bubandpie said...

Oh, I know what you mean about the return from sickness - it's a like a resurrection of the personality. For a week there, in the midst of ear-infection misery, we lost the Bub: he was there, miserable, but his personality was just gone. And then when the pain went away, he returned full-force - at least twice as much personality as before because he's so elated that he's no longer in pain. And I missed him so much while he was "gone" that I love him all the more now that he's back.

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you and your boy are finding your way back to good health.

It's so hard to see them sick.

penelopeto said...

Glad to hear that everybody is feeling better. It's tough when you're babe is sick, even with all the wonderful cuddles.

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