I Opened My Eyes and Drew My Comforter Up to My Chin

October 24, 2013 by James J123  
Published in Motherhood

Reminding myself it was just a dream, I
released a shaky sigh and forced myself to chill out.
Yes, it was definitely time to stop watching horror
flicks before bed. Forcing the last of the disturbing
images from my mind, I turned over and let out a real
bloodcurdling scream.

Reminding myself it was just a dream, I
released a shaky sigh and forced myself to chill out.
Yes, it was definitely time to stop watching horror
flicks before bed. Forcing the last of the disturbing
images from my mind, I turned over and let out a real
bloodcurdling scream.
“Jed, what are you doing in my room!?” I gasped.
It was the third time this week he’d snuck up on me.
Apparently, it was now a special game.
Three-year-old Jed giggled with delight. “Hi,
Cassie,” he said, licking a thick layer of green slime
from his nose. Even in the dark I could tell the sleeves
on his Spiderman shirt were crusty from dried-up

snot. “Hey, want to see my new caw?” he said.

Jed has a hard time pronouncing his R’s. He removed
something from his jeans and lifted it proudly into the
air; a small, blue convertible that had seen better
days.
“Nice,” I mumbled, plumping up the pillow.
“Now…please, go find Kris. You need a tissue.”
Instead of leaving, however, he opened his
mouth and began coughing, hurling millions of
invisible germs towards me.
I backed away in horror and yelled, “Mom!”
Sure, he’s adorable with his big blue eyes and dimpled
cheeks, but I’ll be the first to admit; I have a major
phobia of germs. My room is off-limits and the daycare
kids are forbidden to enter it; especially, the little
“germy” ones.
My mother popped her head into my room and
cringed. “I’m sorry, Cassie. I didn’t know he snuck in.
Come on, Jed, time to clean you up.”
I snorted. “Clean him up? What about my
blankets? He just infested my whole bed with his nasty
cold germs.”
Jed‘s lower lip began to tremble and his eyes
welled up with tears. “Sowy, Cassie,” he whispered.
My heart melted immediately. I reached over and
ruffled his curly blond hair. “Hey, it’s okay, Jed. Just
cover your mouth when you cough.”
His face lit up. “Huggies?” he asked, raising his
crusty arms.
“Um, later, okay?” I replied as I beckoned my
mom with my eyes.
She grabbed him and placed him on her hip.
“Come on, Jedster. Let’s go wipe your boogies and get
something to eat.”
“Thanks. Make sure nobody else waltzes in
here.”

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