“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014.”
Sunny: In the wee hours of Friday morning, Sunny came down with a nasty stomach bug (that subsequently made its way through every member of the Cart family. At one point yesterday afternoon, we were all laid out in our beds writhing around in discomfort with a trail of laundry and saltines in our wake. It was disgusting, and yet, there was camaraderie in all the misery and bodily fluids.) Friday morning as I left for work (still holding on to the naive hope that I would be spared such intimacies with the porcelain throne), I peeked into the bathroom to say goodbye to Sunny who was pitifully looming over the toilet and, in between vomiting, expressing dismay that she couldn’t go to school. I know that her current adoration of school may wax and wane as the years go by, so I am enjoying it while I can.
Kaki: She was the last to succumb to our gastrointestinal ailments, and arguably the most resilient of all. She couldn’t understand why we were refusing her food and water, as they were causing almost instant regurgitation. “Mama, I would like macaroni and cheese.” Not a chance, kid. She also endearingly describe this sickness as “stomach bees” (which caused her great panic initially when I explained that Sunny had a stomach bug, and she cried out, ‘OH NO! SUNNY HAS BEES IN HER TUMMY!’ After calming her from this alarming visual, she later asked me, “Mama, do I have bugs or bees in my tummy? I don’t remember.” Three sure is adorable. Crazy, but adorable.