Tina just emerged from the hallway. “Tina, go to bed!” Jacinta greeted her.
“Mama,” Tina explained, “I’m sick!”–this quite cheerfully.
“Then you need to go to bed,” Jacinta countered. “When you are sick you need to lay down and rest. You will feel better in the morning.
“No, I want to go to bed at the hospital!” Tina insisted.
Um, no. The hospital has been on her mind ever since her recent stay due to some kind of RSV-imitating virus. When Jacinta explained that you can’t eat the green leaves on a rhubarb plant, Tina questioned: “If you eat it, you get sick and have to go back to the hospital?” And that has been our threat when she does anything dangerous: “If you fall down and break your arm, you’ll have to go back to the hospital!”
But when it’s 9:30 at night and the world is boring, I guess anything is better than laying in bed.