The other night Diego unintentionally tricked me into thinking he was suffering from a Halloween sugar overload.
After our spaghetti dinner, the night after Halloween, Diego begged to eat some of the gingerbread haunted house he made. I got tired of hearing him whine so I gave in and said yes. After a couple of bites of stale gingerbread covered in black icing, Diego realized it was not as good as it looked , so he opted for some Halloween candy instead. As Juan was leaving to take Molly for a walk, Diego begged to go too. Juan told him that they were going on a long walk and Diego would have to keep up. Halfway through their walk Diego began complaining of a stomach ache. Juan scolded him for wanting to cut the walk short, but came home anyway. As soon as Diego got home, he laid down on the couch. I decided it was time for a valuable lesson on the perils of too much sugar followed by a dose of, “I told you so.” I was just about to get on my soapbox when I saw that Diego had fallen asleep on the couch. Juan moved him to his bed and I tried to ignore the fact that he had just fallen asleep with a good coat of sugar decaying his teeth. Then Juan and I left the kids at home while we made a quick run to the grocery store.
Twenty minutes later Erica called. There was panic in her voice, the sound of running water in the background and Olivia shouting orders as Diego, whimpered nearby.
“Come home now! Diego just threw up everywhere! AND HE DIDN’T EVEN CHEW HIS FOOD!”
Luckily, we were just around the corner so we got home right away. When we walked in Nico was using the Swifter to clean the bedroom floor, Erica was gathering soiled bedding and Olivia was washing Diego’s hair in the shower.
It was one of those rare parenting moments when I felt simultaneously proud and ashamed.
Shamed that I didn’t pay closer attention to the symptoms of stomach flu, and proud of the fact that my kids rallied and took care their sick little brother.
I was treated to a wonderful scene of sibling caretaking, and kindness.
Oh, and undigested spaghetti.