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    Our Almost Social Life

    March 31, 2008 by Brandy Vencel

    Our children were sick again last week, and also throughout the weekend. We made the mistake of interacting with other people last weekend and we are still paying the price.

    When I think of sending my kids to Sunday School, I just shudder. Will they be sick continuously? Seriously, we spent a whole winter like this when A. was an infant. We went to Sunday School. As I put my daughter into the nursery so that we could go to our own Sunday School class {we all went to main service together later on}, I would notice moms handing over babies with snot running down their faces.

    “It’s only teething,” they assured the dubious {yet powerless} nursery worker.

    Did you know teething is contagious? Well, the kind that snotty-nosed children have in the nursery is definitely contagious. And so I spent an entire winter with one week at church, and then one or two off, nursing my sick kids while Si went to church alone. This lasted for five months. By the time I returned, all our friends had moved to another church and life has never been the same.

    But I digress.

    I just had to laugh at this conversation Si had on the phone yesterday afternoon with one of our favorite friends:

    Si: Hello?

    Friend: Hi! Do you all want to come over to our house for hamburgers and hot dogs tonight?

    Si: Let me double-check with Brandy that we don’t have plans. Hold on. {To me} Brandy! Wanna go to Friend’s house for dinner tonight? Do we have plans already?

    Me: {Forgetting kids are sick little carrier monkeys} Yes! Please! That would be wonderful!

    Si: That would be great–

    Friend: Hold on. I just remembered that D. wanted to go to some prayer thing at 5:30. I had forgotten.

    Si: Are you cancelling on us?

    Me: {Remembering the sick kids} Si! Wait! The kids are sick. I totally forgot.

    Si: Wait, Friend. Our kids are sick. We’re going to have to cancel on you before you cancel on us.

    This seems to be our life at times. Our almost-social experiences that just don’t happen.

    Bummer. Hot dogs sounded real good, too.

    And so did a bit of friendly conversation.

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  • Reply Kimbrah April 1, 2008 at 6:32 am

    We just got over a cold, I mean teething. πŸ™‚

    I think we may have already had your virus. Plus I am the homeopathic mastermind. I can beat any nasty bug with just the shake of a few pellets under the tongue. I am Mommy, hear me roar! (that felt really good!) πŸ™‚

    I got something for you tonight by the way. I am so excited, I can’t wait to give it to you and see the look on your face. And no, it is not xanthum gum. I just remembered that I need to get you some of that, too. Rats! πŸ™


  • Reply Brandy March 31, 2008 at 11:40 pm


    Oh, wait.

    The children are still sick.

    Unless you’re in the mood for catching cold. You know. Because we just aren’t busy enough. Adding in all the nasal maintenance really fills the time.

  • Reply Kimbrah March 31, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    Hey! Want to come over here for hot dogs? πŸ™‚


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