Saturday, February 2, 2013

The puppet and the flu-monia

I bought the tickets in early November, after making sure it was okay with the kids' family schedule.

Then we bought a translation of the original Pinocchio--not the watered-down Disney version but the more complex one in which we learn that Pinocchio was often one thoughtless and self-involved puppet. Peter read to the kids each morning and they finished just yesterday. Yes, Pinocchio got to be a real boy, and yes, our kids agreed that by the end of the story he deserved it. He would be a good boy.

Today, the family saw the play at Children's Theatre in Minneapolis. Except for me. I'm enthroned in my recliner, "enjoying" flu-monia. It's been two weeks. The first week, I was pretty much able to keep up with shopping, cooking, and dishes, and do my share with the kids. The second week, slam. Nasty coughing attacks. Shortness of breath. No appetite. No energy. Peter has returned to waiting on me.

I don't really mind missing the play. It was way outside the realm of possibility for me to get out in today's frigid air with my messed-up lungs. And it will be fun to hear what the kids have to say about it when I see them on Monday. (While coughing only into my elbow, of course.)

15 comments:

Far Side of Fifty said...

Hope you feel better soon..yes the air is frigid today. I bet the kids had a marvelous time..stay warm..drink lots of fluids:)

MerCyn said...

Hope you are feeling better soon. Have a big bowl of chicken soup!

Pauline Persing said...

Sorry to hear you've been sick. I hope you are feeling better tomorrow.

Grandmother said...

That was a great way to prepare for the play- good for you. Since he's an Italian character, he's very popular here.

Grandmother said...

p.s. Feel better soon and take good care!

Red Shoes said...

Bless your heart... I've been sick for over a week... a stupid WEEK!!!!

AUGH!!!

I hope you get to feeling better...

~shoes~

DJan said...

Oh blast! I am so sorry to hear you got the dreaded flu. Soon you will be better, and you'll be back to your normal self. Boo to the flu! :-)

Jeanie said...

I don't think I have ever read the original Pinocchio. What a great idea to read it to the kids before the play.
I hope you are feeling much better by the time the kids come tomorrow to tell you all about it.

Ms Sparrow said...

I was afraid you were going to say one of the kids got sick and missed it. I'm sorry you had to miss it but it sounds like you're ready to turn the corner and recover. Here's wishing you a great Sunday and lots of energy.

Allyson said...

I echo Ms. Sparrow....I know you hated to miss it, but I know you're glad that it was you and not them. There's nothing worse than a disappointed child. I remember having to bow out of the talent show in the 5th grade because I had pneumonia. I was devastated. I hope they enjoyed it and I hope you kick that flu to the curb soon. I swear..no one is safe this year!

Indigo Roth said...

Hey Nancy! It's a classic tale in its original form, and I'm sorry you didn't get to enjoy it. Hope you're well on the mend. Indigo x

laurie said...

damn flu.

Retired English Teacher said...

You take care of yourself. This flu bug is nasty. Let the hubby wait on you. I'm sorry you missed the play though.

troutbirder said...

It's been around here too. Things will get better but hand in there in the meantime...:)

Glenda C. Beall said...

I love your red bird photo. Cardinals are my favorite birds. My brother has suffered with the flu and after effects for five weeks now. I hope you bounce back much quicker.

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