Sam texted me at five on Saturday from Tyler’s where he stayed Friday night and was planning to stay that night, too. “I left work at two.”
“Why?” I asked.
“I don’t feel well. I’m trying to sleep it off. “
“There’s a bug going around,” I said. “I’m sad you’re sick.”
“I know. I tried to keep it to myself,” he said. (A lecture from me followed shortly thereafter.)
Saturday morning, he didn’t feel himself but didn’t think much of it. By two that day, he had to leave work, so he went back to Tye’s and decided to take over his bed until he got home.
I texted Tyler at work. “Please get Sammy some ginger ale. And saltines.”
“Okay,” he said.
“And don’t share with him.”
Although Tyler arrived from work on Saturday, Sammy didn’t have the energy to get out of his bed. Tye came into the room and tapped on Sammy’s shoulder.
“I’ll give you your bed soon, man,” Sam said.
“Oh no dude, you’re good,” Tye answered. He was simply checking on him. Sam fell back to sleep, and Tyler slept on his couch all night just so Sammy could have a comfy place to rest and get better.
Today, I asked him what brand ginger ale Tyler bought, simply so I could title this post with it.
“I didn’t see the bottle,” he said. “Tyler brought it to me in a glass.”
My boys taking care of each other is all I could ever ask for. None of this surprises me, and although I never want my kids to be sick, it’s nice to see how they care for each other.
It’s not only Tye who was worried about Sammy. All day long, Baylee and Max kept asking me if I knew how Sam was feeling. It doesn’t help that a stomach bug hasn’t infiltrated the family for over a decade, so it’s new and scary to them, especially in this new pandemic world.
This afternoon, Sammy is finally experiencing the relative euphoria that comes after being sick, but poor Tye has been infected so he’s home today. Go away invader! Leave my boys alone. So today is worry-about-Tyler-day around here. There really is so much brotherly love. It’s overwhelming how much they love each other, care for each other, and plain old like each other.