Memory Lane: Sick in Bed

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I just got to thinking, it used to be a lot more fun, being sick, than it is now. I don’t mean really sick. I mean just a bit of a cold, just enough to convince my mother that I needed to stay home from school. She kind of liked her children to be with her, so she didn’t need a lot of convincing.

And so, instead of going to school, I got to stay in bed and read my King Arthur book, or play with my toy animals–or, if my brother was sick, too, we broke out the erector set.

My mother used to bring me a little glass of ginger ale, and usually made a soft-boiled egg for my lunch. It was so quiet and peaceful. None of this taking out the garbage, changing the litter boxes, or grocery-shopping even when you feel like all you want to do is stay in bed. I loved the way my mother would take care of me. It’s a very fond memory. Trust me–your kids remember these things.

Occasionally she would have to call Dr. Cannemela, who would make a house call. I am told that I once got very jealous because he was paying attention to my brother instead of me, and I tossed his hat into the toilet. I wonder if that’s why they don’t make house calls anymore.

And I didn’t have a teddy bear, but I did have a nice yellow bunny to be the companion of my revels.

About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

14 responses to “Memory Lane: Sick in Bed

  • unknowable2

    Days when I was not so sick, but sick enough to stay home are great memories for me, too. Even at an early age, I tended to be alone on those days, with my parents at work and my older sister in school. My mother worked nearby, so I usually got a visit at lunch. It’s was a lot more fun than school.

  • Erlene Talbott

    Wow, I didn’t realize how much boys liked staying home from school. It didn’t work that way for me. I hated missing school, though I did get the usual pampering when I was sick. I was just happy that I didn’t get sick often.

  • thewhiterabbit2016

    My mom would rub our backs whenever we asked her to – she was one in a hundred million.

  • Erlene Talbott

    Mothers are really wonderful people (for the most part. I know there are some who are not). I miss mine a lot.

  • Lydia Potter

    To me, being sick is just as awful as you can get. I hate any type of sickness and even though I can’t stand school, I’d much rather do school than be sick.

  • marlene

    It worked! Now I’m REALLY feeling bad that you’re feeling badly. I prayed a lot for “a little sick” but now every time I think of you being sick I see that little boy in bed and feel sick myself! Have a heart – get better!

  • Joshua

    Thank you for sharing your fond memories! I hope you and Patty will get better soon!

    When I was younger, my “teddy bear”… was a sweet potato. No, not the literal sweet potato, but the soft squishy sweet potato toy. The Sweet Potato’s successor was a black teddy bear named Boomster, which has been my companion for many special years, until its mysterious disappearance in 2014. Long will I remember the face of my beloved friend who has been by my side since 2010, lost due to the misobservance of his owner.

    And what’s a teenager in his last teenage year writing all this for???

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