Last Wednesday 32 kids were out sick. Last Thursday, 47 kids were out sick, Last Friday 60 kids. This past Monday 124 were either out sick or sent home early. Yesterday, 120 and 115 today. The children seemed afraid of the Swine flu.
One girl was running through the school yard screaming for someone to stay away from her. Her fingers were crossed and she kept looking over her shoulder. When I talked to her, she said that someone was trying to give her swine flu, so she needed to keep her fingers crossed so she didn't get. When I was in school, people had "cooties" and we sang to ward of unwanted germs and creepiness:
"Circle, circle, dot, dot,
Now I have my cootie shot"
For those of you who are not familiar with this rhyme, more info can be found here.
But my childhood schoolyard days are over and I am now the adult in the school yard. I explained that if she did not want to get sick, she should wash her hands with soap and water and stay away from people who are sick. She looked at me for awhile and then asked if "We got soap now downstairs?"