"Over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother's house we go..."
Grandparents adore their grandchildren. Grandchildren adore their grandparents.
But when little children become sick with bubbly noses, weepy eyes, and germy hands, parents need to sacrifice on behalf of love. Sick kids need to be kept warm - or cool - and nurtured with all that a parent has to offer. Forget about taking ill kids to your loved ones' home for holiday meals, to school, or to church and Sunday School. Forget about the Nativity program, and forget about having people over for a Christmas party. Especially the elderly whose bodies have a harder time beating winter's nasties.
Stay home. Care for your child. Care for yourself. Care for others by keeping them out of your home until the health of your entire family is restored.
Cancel with your apologies. Those spared will bless you while they maintain health and vigor throughout the holiday season.
And the rest of us will thank you for keeping your sickness and that of your little children out of public places.
A dearly loved woman is languishing at home, sick in bed for the second week, missing her favorite time of year. As her house becomes dustier, her pantry emptier, her laundry piling higher, she remains weak and discouraged for she'd rather be writing her Christmas cards, wrapping gifts, and helping her husband decorate their beautiful home. This grandma and grandpa have had Christmas diminished due to the thoughtless parents of underdressed, coughing, runny-nosed kids who gleefully lap-climbed and kissed their beloved granny. What would happen if she gently pushed them down? To force her to choose between accepting the love of her family or hurting their feelings is unkind at best. She is paying the price for her timid kindness now, while the kids have gone on to infect who knows how many others.
While I do what I can to help and cheer her, I hope this lovely woman regains her health and strength before the Season of Perpetual Hope passes her by.
(This Public Service Announcement was brought to you by one ticked-off woman.)
((Nooooo, these are not my kids pictured. I know how to use tissues and a washcloth.))