My neighbor came over yesterday, a young woman in her early 20’s. I tend to keep to myself around here, but I’m not against being nice. With her, was her toddling 2 year old daughter, bundled in a hooded jacket as it was a little cool that early afternoon.
I gathered Abby and we headed outside for the girls to play. But if I’d seen what was about to meet us, I would have come up with some reason not to. Any reason at all.
Because that little girl’s nose was dripping snot like a faucet.
What is the proper protocol in this situation? Would screaming and running back inside be too much? while holding out a cross and holy water to ward off the evil germs? Offered a friendly bottle of cold medicine, or at least some good, old fashioned, eye-rolling parental advice?
Take your sick kid and go home, lady!
I bit my lip, and shielded my mouth, as they sat and played together with chalk, however. Infecting the purple and pink colors, especially. All the while I was hoping it would be over very quick. Careful not to touch her, or be near her, except she was keen to smear snot everywhere all over my porch.
Finally, my neighbor seemed to notice her daughter in need of a tissue, or a Hazmat suit, to put it lightly, and picked her up to take her home. Abby and I then came inside. Where I hosed us both with disinfectant and added new chalk onto my list of things to buy.