Last evening was a little crazy. Tony had a board so he was in court all day and was going to be late getting home. It was about 6:00 p.m. and Josh had just gone down for the night and the kids had been fed and were playing downstairs while I tried to get things set up for my Enrichment Board Meeting. Sam and Anna came walking up the stairs and Anna was sorta whimpering and Sam was telling her to go lay in her bed and he'd help her feel better. Well, my kids have very active imaginations, so I just assumed they were playing. I did check in on them once, and Sam had set Anna up in her bed with a juice box, a chair by her bed for toys and books, and a towel on her pillow...all things we do if the kids are sick. So cute. And they were being quiet and good, so I didn't give it a second thought. About 6:30, I was downstairs puttering around when Sam came up to me and said,
Sam: Mom? Do you promise to take Anna to the doctor tomorrow while I am at school?
Me: Why does Anna need to go to the doctor?
Sam: Because she is sick and needs to go to the hospital.
Me: Sam, Anna isn't sick...she's just pretending.
Sam: No, Mom, she REALLY is sick, and she needs to see the doctor!
Me: Hold on, Sam, why does she NEED to see the doctor (starting to worry).
Sam: So she can get her toy back.
Me: (really starting to worry) What toy, Sam?
Sam: Her Barbie horse food.
Anna got a Barbie horse for Christmas that you feed these tiny pieces of plastic clover to and then they magically reappear out a chute on the horses' saddle so you can feed the horse again. They are tiny and have no sharp edges, thank goodness.
Me: Sam! Did Anna swallow the horse's food?
Sam: Yes...and now she needs an x-ray and the doctor will give her a shot to make her sleep and then when she wakes up, the doctor will give her the horse's food back in a a jar.
This is all starting to sound familiar. That's right. It's the plot right out of Curious George Goes to the Hospital, where Curious George swallows a puzzle piece and gets "sick" so the Man in the Yellow Hat takes him to the see the doctor and they remove the puzzle piece from his tummy. So I ran upstairs to talk to Anna, where I finally convinced her that the food was really tiny and that it won't really make her sick like Curious George and that she won't have to go and see the doctor.
She was so relieved, until I told her the horse food eventually would come out of her tummy (and how) and that we weren't going to play with it again:-) You can't make up a story like that, my friends.