CM . . .
. Volume XIV Number 21. . . .June 13, 2008
Most of Iris's classmates are absent from school due to an outbreak of stomach flu. Mrs. Morgan advises her students to "Wash your hands well, especially when you get home from school." Despite every precaution, Iris falls ill. Her twin brother Doug, thinking about weekend plans, insensitively grumbles that "It's just not fair that you get sick when we're supposed to have fun." Completely bedridden, Iris is too tired to read, watch TV or draw in her new sketchbook. When she is no better the next day, her mother makes a doctor's appointment. After a thorough examination, Dr. Sally delivers the diagnosis: "I think you're OK, except for a virus. A nasty bug that's on its way out."
The image of having a bug inside of her lingers in Iris's imagination. At night, she dreams of "Bugs with spots, Bugs on cots, Bugs like ants, Bugs with pants." On Saturday morning, she wakes up feeling much better and wonders where her bug went. She didn't have to look far. In the car to Grandpa's party, her brother suffers from a familiar affliction: "Doug's head was hot. He threw up a lot."
Linda Ludke is a librarian in London, ON.
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