Having an asthmatic child makes it difficult to try different foods. I suppose it was for this reason that God Sakes and Granny always gorged themselves at parties, picnics and other places with a fancier fare. This has resulted in stomachaches, sticky car seats and many other unfortunate accidents that seem to perpetrate themselves upon iDad. I learned early on not to jostle around a freshly fed child when No.1 regurgitated most of his formula into my mouth. To this day I cannot stand the taste, or scent, of soy.
God Sakes had an amazing appetite and would try anything and everything that was put in front of him. Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Lebanese, Greek, Italian; Little God Sakes was eating his way round the world in a nonstop feast-a-thon. One night, in an effort to fill the bottomless pit, I took him to Pizza Hut for ‘all you can eat.’ We definitely got our money’s worth. That was until God Sakes deposited two pizzas, a large Pepsi and half a bucket of ice-cream all over the back of the Commodore.
Three little boys watched iDad clean out the puddle of masticated mush from the upholstery for about twenty minutes before God Sakes uttered those immortal words.
iDad placed his face in his palm.
Thankfully the expulsion of stomach contents was not a frequent occurrence for God Sakes so it was relatively safe to cuddle him when he was feeling poorly, without the need for a plastic raincoat. One evening I was lying on the floor panting and wheezing after a rather vigorous wrestle with No.1, when God Sakes arrived complaining of a headache. He clambered up onto my stomach and rested his head on my chest. I touched his forehead and realised that the poor little guy was running a fever. I opened my mouth to call out to Blue Eyes at the exact same time that God Sakes opened his mouth and emptied a warm glass of soft drink straight down my throat. Naturally peristalsis kicked in and I swallowed the sweet liquid. It was actually still fizzy, with a strange citrus flavour.
“I think God Sakes has a virus.”
“I know darling. I just gave him a glass of lemonade and some of that orange flavoured Nurofen.”
That explains the unique taste. At least it was better than soy.
“A little help would be good about now.”
Blue Eyes collected God Sakes from me and whisked him off to the shower just as Granny entered the room.
“I don’t feel good daddy.”
Not to be caught out again I grabbed a large Tupperware container from the kitchen and sat with Granny in my lap waiting for the bathroom to be free. He was also running a fever and I knew that this was going to be a real trying night. I mopped his brow with a cool washcloth and very soon he settled down.
“Are you ok little man?”
He looked at me, shook his head but didn’t answer. Two seconds later iDad was force fed chicken and corn soup.
Nicer than soy but not as good as Nurofen infused tepid lemonade.
One by one my entire family succumbed to Cryptosporidium that night, but I will spare you from further gruesome details.
‘Diggits’ and the F-Bomb.
Leaning to speak has its disadvantages and the biggest challenge any family will find once their toddlers start mixing with older children, is the inevitable swear word. Although Granny had come close on occasion it was No.1 who would break the ice.
Blue Eyes had been at work all day and arrived home to a teary-eyed little boy and an angry grandmother who had just been told to ‘f*** off.’ Suffice to say that his mother was way less than impressed and she began a long-winded admonishment that finished with the line,
“What have you got to say for yourself?”
Our sobbing little angel looked at her with moist eyes and sodden cheeks and delivered the coup de grâce.
“You swear at people all the time.”
“I do not!”
“Yes you do.”
“No I don’t”
“You do so. Even at ones you don’t even know.”
So forthright was he in his convictions that Blue Eyes had to pause her reprimand.
“What are you taking about?”
“You’re always calling people in the other cars diggits.”
The real word is far worse but this is what he interpreted, so ‘diggits’ became the yardstick for profanities in our family. Needless to say that Nanny and Doughie were rolling on the floor laughing by this stage and Blue Eyes was forced to explain the difference between words that adults are allowed to use and words that children are allowed to use. The conversation concluded with a ‘do as I say and not as I do.’
When iDad got home from University later that night the three boys were fast asleep and Blue Eyes was sipping a glass of Chardonnay as she looked through the Yellow Pages for a new kindy for No.1
Coming soon: iDad v5 – Night Bears.
iDad © Matthew Green 2010