Today is a sick day at the Cherry House. My two littlest are down for the count, both burning up, hacking, and puking.
The older of the two, is curled up in bed moaning down to me every once in a while for a glass of water or a back rub.
The littlest Cherry is a bit more demanding.She has decided that though very tired, she'd rather not nap. And though wiggly and disgruntled in my lap, she'd rather not be set down.
"Harper," I said to her, "do you want to be set down?"
"No!" she shouted.
"Harper," I asked, "do you want to take a nap?"
"No! No! No!" she shook her head.
"Harper," I said, "do you want to be tired and miserable but stay awake while I hold you all day?" She nuzzled her head in my chest and said quietly, "yeah," with a sweet, sly, smile.