If you give a mom the flu…
She is going to ask for some elderberry syrup.
When you give her the elderberry,
She’ll probably ask you for a spoon.
Once she’s taken the syrup,
She’ll ask you to wash the spoon.
Then, she’ll run to look in the mirror to make sure she looks OK
before running the errands that can’t wait until she feels better.
She might notice she is looking a little pale, and there are circles under her eyes.
So she’ll probably wash her face, comb her hair, and maybe put on a little make-up.
When she’s finished getting her appearance together,
she will notice the bathroom needs a little tidying.
She might get carried away and start cleaning every room in the house.
She may even do a load of laundry, as well.
When she’s done, she’ll probably forget about the errands because
she wants to take a nap.
You will probably have to bring a blanket and a pillow to where she has crashed on the couch.
She’ll grab a hold of them, snuggle up, fluff the pillow a few times, and start to fall asleep.
Then, her children will ask her to read them a story.
So, she’ll read to them from one of their favorite books,
and they’ll ask to see the pictures.
When they look at the pictures, they will get so excited, they will want to draw one of their own.
So, they will ask for paper and crayons.
They will color so quietly that mom will fall asleep.
While mom’s asleep, they will draw a picture…
on the wall.
They will sign their name…
Then, they will draw another picture…
on the refrigerator-
with a permanent marker they found while looking for tape.
When they stand back and look at their work,
it will remind them that mom is taking a nap,
and she hasn’t seen their work yet.
So, they will wake her up.
And when they when they wake her up,
they will start to sneeze.
Because chances are,
if you gave a mom the flu,
her children got the flu right along with her.
(This is the result of one mom’s battle with the flu. Of course, it is an homage to the book, “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” written by Laura Joffe Numeroff and illustrated by Felicia Bond, which my children and I have enjoyed for years.)