ANSWER: There are probably a zillion (I’ve told you a million times not to exaggerate) answers to this riddle but the one that I am looking for (bad teaching practice, I know, to require students to read my mind….) is this:
Two more children in the hospital this week.
Tuesday evening Sara descended the stairs, heading towards the basement and focusing intently on the three small, dessert-laden plates she was carrying. At the same time Tanah rounded the corner and, in a rush to get to the kitchen, began ascended the same stairs. The two met violently on the second to bottom step. Three desert-laden plates crashed to the floor and Tanah’s forehead smashed into Sara’s nose. One of the plates was shattered beyond recognition and Sara’s nose was recognizably crooked.
A nosebleed, several phone calls, and a frozen bag of peas later we were on our way to the emergency room where, thankfully, x-rays revealed that the crookedness was a dent rather than a break.
Sara’s nose did not break and neither did Miles’ appendix…..
Wednesday night when Miles complained of stomach pain I half suspected it was because he wanted to watch a show instead of going to Young Men’s. When his moaning awakened me at 4:00 Thursday morning I began to believe him. Rolling over, even breathing, hurt him. The pain was intense and localized in his lower right abdomen and I immediately suspected appendicitis. The doctor suspected the same thing and ordered an ultra sound. The ultra sound was inconclusive but the CT scan showed an inflamed appendix. “Out!” order the M.D.
Miles was really NOT happy about spending New Year’s Eve in the hospital…..until he saw the T.V. and Play Station in his room. He managed to watch the entire first football game of the NCAA semi-final play-offs and was out of surgery in time to watch the second half of the second game. He saw the New Year in watching football, seeing movies, and using the Play Station. When I went to sleep at 11:00 p.m. “Harry Potter—Chamber of Secrets” was on the screen and when I awoke at 4:00 a.m. he was playing virtual hockey. If it weren’t for the fact that he sucked on ice chips instead of munching on potato chips and that he had a pain in the side rather than being a pain in the side (Just kidding Miles!), it would have been the perfect way to see in the New Year.
As for me, it was another night in the hospital in what seems to be becoming a habit. Thanks to a daughter, a bonus daughter, a dear friend (hospitalized for a ruptured appendix), and a sweet son, there were only two days between December 15 and January 1 that I was not in the hospital.
No joke!! But funny……..!!!!