Martin Luther King Day as Filtered Through the Mind of My 4.5 Year Old

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Yup, that's my son's MLK crown.

King, get it?

At preschool pickup on Friday, kiddo was all full of information about not nice people who didn't want to share water fountains with everybody and the King who told them that they had to.  Could be worse, right?

Today, in the midst of a loooong day off from school, I tried to revisit the idea of who Martin Luther King was and why he's important.

Clearly that word 'King' was still the stand out because, a little while later, I found myself sitting in his room helping him make crowns for him and for his little sister…which he then wore on his March Around the Living Room.

 

Building Immunity? Bah…

Flu shots:Check.

Copious hand washing: Check.

Well balanced diet and appropriately warm clothing: Check Check.

Ah, the winter cycle has started…

My daughter was sick last week, she had 103+F fever with all of the fun symptoms of a full-body virus: coughing, sneezing, puking…you name it.  Just as her virus is winding down to sniffles, her big brother's fever is winding up–101.8F, as of this morning.

Besides being exahusted from lack of sleep, you know what really bugs me?  I totally knew this was coming.  If one gets sick, the other gets sick…and I'm probably next.

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