Yesterday, I got a call from Elisha:
"Mommy, my tummy hurts"
"Do you need to throw up? Do you need to go to the bathroom?"
"No, Mommy, my tummy just hurts"
Now if that isn't an ambiguous complaint I don't know what is.
The school reported no fever.
So what to do? Do I go get him? Leave him there? What happens if he pukes all over his desk? At home, little Mr. Elisha is the Boy Who Cried Wolf. His "tummy hurts" all the time, especially when it's time to clean up.
But he's never called me before. So I felt torn. I told the staff that I needed to drive Dovi to school (I was on the highway doing just that) and I wouldn't be back in the neighborhood for about an hour (truth? I needed to go to Meijer. Any buy 25 boxes of Barilla Pasta for 1 cent each. Priorities, folks!) I told them I'd swing by school when I got back and we'd assess then, and they sent him back to class.
Well a friend of mine (should I identify you? Don't want to embarrass you) had a brilliant idea. This is what I did.
I went to school and got him from his classroom to chat. I asked him how he was feeling.
"Maybe I need to go home, Mommy"
"Well Elisha, if you go home, you'll need to put on your pjs and get into bed"
"Well Mommy, I haven't had lunch yet"
"After lunch you'll need to get into bed (and here comes the brilliant part) AND Elisha, since it is such a beautiful day outside, I was planning on taking you guys to Slurpees this afternoon. But if your tummy feels yucky, we can't do that. Slurpees are not good for upset tummies"
I could see the wheels turning in his little head.
"Hmmm Mommy, I think I'll be ok. I think I can stay at school the rest of the day"
Kiss, hug, and off he scampered to his class.
And yes, we went to Slurpees. In order for this method of mental manipulation to work, one must be willing to fulfill their end of the bargain. So we strolled to Slurpees at 6:30 pm. Why on earth do kids insist on combining all of the repulsive Slurpee flavors? Don't they know that Coke with a dash of Sprite is the preferred Slurpee?
What kind of Slurpee do you like?