Saturday, May 02, 2009

The Source of Swine Flu


It was this kid!

My mom emailed me this picture a couple of days ago and I just had to share it.

Another interesting bit of information from our family about the swine flu...

A few days ago, Kaitybean came home from school and said, "Mom, I think the world's going to end soon."

"Why do you think that, Kaitybean?" I said, trying to take her seriously because I remember how mad it made me when people didn't take me seriously as a kid when I said stuff like that.

She looked at me with a somber face and said simply, "The swine flu."

I had a hard time not laughing, but held it in because I could tell she was truly, truly worried.

I explained to her how viruses are spread and how they work, how swine flu is both different from and the same as the flu that comes around every year. I explained that the odds of anyone she knows dying from it are very, very small.

Hopefully I reassured her. I hope, at least, that she was no longer worried that the swine flu would be the end of the world.

3 comments:

Jeff and Jessie said...

That would be my kid licking the pig and spreading the virus! Sorry everyone! You are such a good mom to take her serious. Sometimes we forget that the world is so big to these little ones.

Val'n'Ben said...

I heard someone say we'd have a black president when pigs fly. Well, Obama's been in office for a hundred days and swine flu!

Ben got this in a text message and rather than being offended I found it rather clever.

Tufferso

I'm tufferso I didn't cry.

Duchess said...

I love love love love love that photo! I wish it was of a kid I knew so I wouldn't feel weird printing it and hanging it on my fridge.

Also, I'm so glad that you treated Kaitybean like that. I had (have?) a freaky imagination and when I was a kid I kept it all to myself (and screwed up my sleeping) because the few times I shared I was laughed at or dismissed. You are a wonderful mom and I love learning from you.

Oh and "kilinfro"