Every now and then, Ida Know announces that she can’t go to school because she doesn’t feel good.
Her Mom always asks, “What’s the matter Ida?”
Ida always holds her tummy and says, “I don’t know, I just don’t feel good and I don’t want to go to school today.”
Ida’s Mom always looks concerned, and takes time to feel her forehead, take her temperature, look in her ears, and ask a lot of questions, like…
“Did you go to sleep after I tucked you in last night?”
“Yes Mommy,” Ida would say.
“Did you eat anything unusual at school yesterday, like a frog or a cricket?”
“No Mommy!” Ida would say, laughing.
“Did you swallow a fly?”
“No Mommy, I did not swallow a fly!”
“Well, then what could it be?” her mother would say, “maybe it wasn’t anything you ate.”
Then, there was always a moment of silence, while they both waited for the other to think of a new idea.
This morning Ida’s mother wondered, “Ida, did something happen that’s bothering you?”
“Yes,” Ida said. “Everyone laughed yesterday when I spilled soup on my dress at lunchtime!”
“Oh my goodness.” said Ida’s mother. “What happened next?” she asked.
“I started to cry, and then someone said I was a baby.” And with that, Ida began to cry again, sobbing in her mother’s arms.
“No wonder you didn’t feel good about going to school today!” Ida’s mother said as she held her close.
Ida cried a little more, and then rested for a quiet moment, still sitting with her mom.
“Mommy, I’m feeling better now.” Ida suddenly said. “Can I go to school?”
“But Ida, what about the thing your classmate said?”
“Oh that boy, he says that to everyone. I bet he cries sometimes too!”
“I bet you’re right Ida!” said her mom with a smile.
“And the laughing?” asked her mom.
“Kids always laugh when anyone spills, or trips, or bumps into something. I guess it was kind of funny. I was just surprised when it happened, and I wanted my soup!”
“Ida, what did you have for lunch yesterday? her mother asked.
“Lots of things! My friends shared their lunches with me, wasn’t that nice of them?”
“Yes Ida, that was very nice of your friends.”
“We better go now Mommy, I don’t want to be late for school!”
And off they went, Ida feeling good about herself, her friends, and her family, and Ida’s tummy feeling good too!