Good Morning Gentle Readers,
Wine Thirty? Hah! TWC's celebration of Tax Day USA was spent with the porcelain god, courtesy of a virulent strain of flew virus. I know, I know, 90% of all flew attacks are really food borne illness and, based on prior experience I was voting for food poisoning. But, it isn't fading fast enough and the circumstantial evidence (read: kids are sick and I'm still aching and woozy) points to influenza.
I'm grateful that the onset came the night of the 17th rather than Saturday or Sunday (can you spell d-i-s-a-s-t-e-r?). Why do these things always strike at two in the morning? Its made the rounds starting with Katie, then Dad, then Jake.
BTW, here's a hot tip:
Never feed a kid pizza when he's complaining that his stomach hurts. Especially if his sister is just barely getting over the flew. No, that's not a misprint. Stuff FLEW everywhere (this is the part where ammonia comes in handy).
The House Blond had never seen Daddy sick and it was but a distant, fuzzy memory for That Boy. Of course there have been the occasional nasty, sneezy, hacking colds that drag on but you manage to work anyway, but not the knock-down debilitating kind of sick that puts your you-know-what in the dirt. Where you shuffle off like a guy with a three-legged walker to get a half cup of water that you can barely keep down and your rib cage feels like somebody's running a motocross track inside.
It was touching to see the worry and the care on those little faces. It's nice when your family is nice to you when you're sick. Sounds dumb but it's really cool.
Oh yeah, and Darwin is wrong. The flu virus has been around for eternity and it continually mutates so as to bring down those of us at the top of the food chain. This was a comment that Jake interpreted to mean that the flu virus might posesses intelligence of its own, an interesting observation for a nine year old.
Think about the evolution angle a moment if you will. Despite all the mutation, all the adaptive traits that help ensure the survival of the breed, influenza is still a virus. Not only is it still a virus, but it's still the flu. Might be the Swine Flu might be the Chicken Flu, but seven zillion years after left handed amino acids crawled out of the primevil soup to bask on the beach, the flu hasn't evolved into something else, not even the lowly cold virus.