Tuesday, February 07, 2006

and bring a barf bag

When I got up this morning, Mr. M and Boy12 were already downstairs and I was informed that Boy12 wasn't feeling too well.

Me: You look kind of pale. Do you want to stay home from school?

Boy12: No, I can't, I have a French test.

Me: Well that doesn't matter, you can take the test another day. Do feel like you're going to be sick?

Boy12: Not really. I just feel sort of tired.

Me: I think you should stay home.

Boy12: It's not that bad. Really. I'm a bit better now. Don't worry, I'll be fine.


7:49 a.m.:I was just about to get into the shower. Three minutes later and I would have missed the call.

Boy12: Mummy, I'm at the bus stop in NextTown and now I feel REALLY sick. Can you come and pick me up?

Me: OK, Sweetie, I'll be there as fast as I can.

Boy12: Good, and bring a bag. I think I'm going to throw up.

Me: *sigh*

So I combed my unwashed hair, brushed my teeth, slapped on some lipstick, found something clean to wear and hit the gas pedal. He was waiting where he said he would be, the poor guy.

Me: Well, I'm glad I was home to take your call. I'm sorry you're still feeling so crappy.

Boy12: I'm glad you were home too. I didn't want to come home on the bus feeling like this.

Me: So, the next time I tell you I think you should stay home, you listen to me, OK?
Mothers know these things.

Boy12: OK. I guess it's true what they say: Wenn der Kuchen spricht, schweigen die Krümel. ("When the cake speaks, the crumbs are silent.")


At February 07, 2006 10:25 a.m., Blogger Sandra said...

I hope he appreciated your lipstick! Every day, Mausi, every single blog post, you put all us slacker moms to shame, you with your lemon loaves and lipstick even in an emergency. I'm humbled.

Hope he feels better soon. We just had this bug, so you probably picked it up from my blog.

At February 07, 2006 11:11 a.m., Blogger Haddock said...

What a fantastic saying! - Hope Boy12 gets better soon.

At February 07, 2006 12:27 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Aww, shucks, Sandra - I'm the Original Slacker Mom. I just don't blog about it.:-) And I never go anywhere without my lipstick. Good thing I had it on too 'cause when I got out of the car I ran right into about six hunky construction workers. I didn't tell them that I was just there to pick up a large boy who might barf on his shoes any second.

Haddock - It's a funny one, isn't it? I don't even know if I've heard it before but it made me laugh.

At February 07, 2006 12:53 p.m., Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

I didn't know that saying, but I loved it. Very smart boy! Hope he feels better soon.

At February 07, 2006 1:16 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would have loved it if my mum wanted me to stay home. Ok SURE I wasn't really sick like your son, but it's not like my mother is a doctor and can tell if I'm faking a case of the vapours!

or whatever the kids call it these days..

here's hoping Boy12 makes a speedy recovery.

I have no idea if this remedy works with others, but as a child I was prone to all kinds of stomach ailments.

Blend 2 egg whites with the juice of a few green apples (no skin) and drink. It's supposed to help the nausea.

At February 07, 2006 1:59 p.m., Blogger Betty said...

Have you ever considered things you could do with your amazing writing/photography talent? I'm picturing a children's book (not too young)illustrated by photographs. It would be ground-breaking. English with some German words introduced. Wow! I'm excited!!!

At February 07, 2006 2:00 p.m., Blogger swissmiss said...

Hope Boy12 is feeling better soon...and that it's no problem rescheduling his French test.

At February 07, 2006 2:03 p.m., Blogger Andrea said...

I cant believe your son actually debated with you about WANTING to GO to school. WOW! And to do a French test! WOWWOW, I avoided french tests like a plague.
I have basically the same virus but with an asian twist and it aint fun.
Hope he feels better soon

At February 07, 2006 2:08 p.m., Blogger Léons Life said...

I'm most impressed that you even thought about the lipstick. Godness I need a major event like a wedding before I even start looking for mine.

At February 07, 2006 2:09 p.m., Blogger euro-trac said...

Hehe - Good saying!
Hope he feels better soon!

At February 07, 2006 3:55 p.m., Blogger Elemmaciltur said...

Hope your boy feels better soon! I'm loathing the winter now that it's turned wet and mucky again. I like the snow though...but not when it melts like this. *yuck*

At February 07, 2006 4:57 p.m., Blogger Expat Traveler said...

Well at least you know he wasn't faking it! Hope the bug leaves fast and doesn't get around the house!

At February 07, 2006 5:59 p.m., Blogger Nyana said...

Reading this blog refreshes my German skills. Multiple-benefits-blog with inbuilt humour wrapped in a survival guide style wisdom! Hope Boy12 feels better soon. What's the colour of your lipstick? I always giggle when I see the names. One I like is called "Vicious Trolip." and who came up with that?
Wishing you the best.

At February 07, 2006 6:01 p.m., Anonymous mar said...

Get well soon to your boy! That's a wonderful saying I hadn't heard of! danke!

At February 07, 2006 7:56 p.m., Blogger Sparky said...

God, I LOVE the "Wenn der Kuchen spricht..." saying!

At February 07, 2006 9:19 p.m., Anonymous Wendy said...

Yeah I'm with Pauline...the lipstick thing threw me!! My lips haven't seen lipstick in years...and if the equivalent is slapping some blusher onto my cheeks then I'd give it a miss. You should see me (or maybe not) when I drop the boys at school in the morning...I'm one of those pale, unmade-up, messy hair-clipped-up Moms...this morning I had my PJ top still on under my jacket....

At February 08, 2006 12:31 a.m., Blogger Dixie said...

Oh thank goodness! There's someone else who would have put on lipstick first. I thought it was just me!

I would have had to stop and pencil in my eyebrows too. I can skip a lot of stuff but not my lips and eyebrows. Gawd, that's pathetic! Heh.

I hope he's feeling better. Those tummy bugs are the worst!

At February 08, 2006 3:34 a.m., Blogger Just another American Expat said...

My mom wasn’t quite so understanding. But then again, she had good reason not to be.

Me: “I don’t feel good Mom.”

Mom touches forehead. “You don’t feel warm. Go get ready for school.”

Me: “Mom I have a terrible stomach ache. I feel really sick.”

Mom: “Don’t you have a math test today?”

Me: “Oh, I forgot all about that.”

Mom: “I’m making butter milk pancakes for breakfast. How many do you want?”

The act can’t go on forever. Besides, pancakes to me were like a heroin fix to a drug addict. I might a well take that “F” with a full stomach. “Hum six I guess.”

At February 08, 2006 7:47 a.m., Blogger Karen said...

Grin - never heard that saying before. I like it.

Hope he feels better soon.

At February 08, 2006 11:12 a.m., Anonymous lydia said...

If you don't have time for anything else putting on lipstick always make you feel presentable. i wonder if men really notice?

At February 08, 2006 12:13 p.m., Blogger Lisa said...

Christina - 0_0 - this boy is 12 and he *wants* to go to school??? Even when he's sick??? There is something desperately wrong here. Get him to a child psychologist immediately.

p.s. the cake saying was the cutest thing I've heard in a long time! I'll laugh and think of my babies as crumbs all day now. :D C'mere ya stinky liddle crumblet! *lol*

At February 08, 2006 11:56 p.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

Yes, she's not lying! She wears her lipstick--one of the first things I noticed about her. (And no, I don't.)

I love your stories, Christina. At first I was gonna say I love your life but I'll stick to the stories. And that German saying is for the books. I'll have to copy it and save it somewhere!

At February 09, 2006 9:35 a.m., Blogger christina said...

All right, I guess I'll have to change the name of this blog to "Lipstick Central - do you or don't you?" :-)

- Yes, Boy12 is feeling much better, thanks, and he didn't throw up after all

- Yes, he actually likes school. Unlike his little brother who fakes it all the time, he has never been known to fake being sick. He was hoping to be better by Friday (he went back to school today) so he wouldn't miss Physics class! Ahhhhhh! I think I've created a monster. :-)

- Yes, I feel the need to wear lipstick at all times in public. No, I don't think men really notice but that's not the reason I wear it anyway. It adds a bit of colour to my otherwise ghostly appearance and makes me feel put together. My mother calls it "getting all tarted up".

- My favourite shade at the moment is "Drop of Sherry" although "Vicious Trollop" does sound intriquing. I had an eye shadow once called "Whispering Grape".

-I'm going to be thinking of my kids as crumbs now too. Sort of a tastier version of "a chip off the old block"

At February 09, 2006 10:14 a.m., Blogger Mr. Fabulous said...

I'm going to take that saying and spend all day today trying to find an excuse to use it.

At February 09, 2006 12:05 p.m., Blogger christina said...

mr fabulous - Yes, it gives one a feeling of authority even when no one else is really listening!

Oh, and Betty - Will you be my agent? :-)

At February 10, 2006 2:41 p.m., Anonymous Wendi said...

Poor baby I hope he is feeling better.
I had never heard that saying before, its cute. Is it a German saying?

At February 10, 2006 11:22 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Thanks, Wendy. He's right as rain now. Yes, that's a German saying.


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