He loved his mama very much and liked to spend time with her.
It was hard for him to spend too much time with just mama because he had three big brothers who needed a mama too.
But he would go to the library with her and spend the whole day with her and Aunt Alicia and he would have all kinds of fun.
Then he got so big he had to go to school everyday.
If he was sick on a library day, he would get to come to the library and spend the whole day with his mama and Aunt Alicia.
So sometimes he would have a sorta tummy ache. It would ache - a little - until he got to the library. Then he would feel better and get to color pictures and make crafts and check out lots of books. There was a train track to play with and he could hug his mama whenever he wanted.
One morning, he woke up and didn't feel very good.
But he knew what his mama would say. "You have to go to school." So he didn't tell her he felt sick.
After not even an hour, he said he needed to go home.
But, mama didn't believe him.
The teachers didn't believe him.
His big brother didn't believe him.
But when he puked....
Everyone believed him.
When his mama, who rubbed his back as he puked into the garbage can, took him home to rest he said, "Mama, you know those super moms they show on tv? You really the super mom."
And she smiled and told him she loved him.
So he cuddled up with the pillow pet mama had known he would need and fell back asleep.
But he learned a valuable lesson this day.
Don't cry sick unless you really are sick.
(Alice and I thought we should read him The Boy Who Cried Wolf, but then after hearing him puke - again - we decided we could wait to read him that story when he was feeling better. Thanks to wonderful "Aunt" Alicia who sent us home. You really are a genius, you know. :) )