Thursday, December 13, 2007

Cucumber slices to the rescue

I have two kids home sick today (cough, fever, sore throat). It started yesterday & after a long night where I doled out cough syrup, Tylenol, and smeared Vick's Vapo-rub on their feet, they were even worse this morning.

After listening to them moan and groan for an hour (where I got no work done) I set them up on the couch with blankets and pillows and asked them to stretch out and close their eyes. Then I put on a Spongebob DVD and grabbed a jar of cucumber eye-pads someone had given me. I placed the pads on their eyes and asked them to breathe deeply as they listened to Spongebob, that the eye-pads would extract impurities, clear their sinuses and soak through their pores to help kill their headaches.

For almost two hours now they've been silent as mice, other than asking for a fresh set of eye-pads before lunch, followed by these whispered comments from one kid to the other as I stood listening in the doorway.

"What are impurities?"

Pause. "I think they're some kinda germ."

"You know what? I think maybe Mom shoulda been a nurse."

Insert chuckle here from my eleven-year-old. "Nah. She'd miss making up her stories!"

13 comments:

Kim Stagliano said...

Well, it sure beats reaching for a container of Tucks.... Very creative indeed.

Victoria said...

And they believed you?!!!!

When they're grown men they're going to show up at a pharmacy looking for cucumber eye patches for their flu-like symptoms and get some funny looks. *lol*

kyla-dale said...

I've never tried those.
Do you like them? Aren't they supposed to remove circles from under your eye or soemthing?

Nadine said...

LOL * If I had two sick, whining kids on my hands I'd be willing to try this too! Good for you.

Adam said...

I got my girlfriend a basket last Xmas with those cucumber eye thingees in it & she loved 'em.

Wendy Roberts said...

Hugs on the sick kids, Holly! Oh and, um, make sure you keep 'em away from my kids, thank you vera much!

Ramona said...

Interesting "on the fly" doctoring. Hope they're well soon so you can get some writing done!

wordman17 said...

Feed 'em a box of oranges and all will be well soon.

Chumplet said...

Those children are great! So... they fell for the cucumber trick, huh?

Trish Ryan said...

That is fantastic. I'm stocking up on those little eye pads and programming my DVR to Sponge Bob. Come cold season, I'll have a plan :)

Travis Erwin said...

I don't know I think my kids might have yelled BS! But then again I've made them cynical by constantly making stuff up.

Larramie said...

Holly, you are without a doubt the best storyteller!!! But Vicks on their feet???

Please wish your boys well for me.

ORION said...

blogger wouldn't let me post...but when I see Holly she brings me hot oil treatment for my hair, lotion, bath salts, Red Bull...I never got the cucumber pads...