Well, it’s no longer news that Ebola is in Nigeria. So in the spirit of information dessemination, I reminded the kids of the need to wash their hands with soap and water once they come into the house (standard practice is to wash hands and feet after playing outside)
As expected, they wanted to know why the rule needed repeating so I had to tell them about Ebola and how it is spread. They had a few questions which I felt bothered on panic after I told them that they must not go near a sick person: what if you get sick?
I told them I wouldn’t put any of them at risk if I get sick. I would go straight to the hospital and call them from there.
What if one of us gets sick?
Brethren, I think I said what any mother would have said. My response was: I’d have no choice but to take care of you.
(But really, I can’t imagine not holding any of my sons because they have some incurable disease. Maybe I’m crazy)
“What will happen when we start school”, Michael asked.
“Didn’t you hear when mum said you have to be ill to spread the virus”, was Dave’s retort. “What would a sick person be doing in school?”
I was just about to agree with Dave when Michael made a valid point:
“Havent you seen when a person was fine when he got to school and then got sick after…because me I have seen”.
And so valid question: will the children return to school in September if this thing has not blown over by then?
I had no answer for Michael. Please share if you have one.
So Dave asked me a question the other day: “Mum, when a guy says to a lady, ‘give me some sugar’, what does he mean?”
Told him it means the lady should go into the kitchenabd get him sugar.
Dave looks at me in disbelief. “Thats not what it means. Why don’t you want to tell me what it really means”.
Michael responds “Maybe because she does not want to corrupt your little mind”.
And another aside:
We got a call this morning that we should bath with salt and warm water because of Ebola. I relayed the call to the kids and Michael asks: “just salt and water? I thought you said Ebola doesn’t have a cure?”
End of church service.