Yesterday, Carl was supposed to return to work after being home sick with a cold and an ear infection.
Best laid plans and all that.
It started pretty well, with him dressed and eating breakfast when i arrived. As i got all of his clothes together for the washer, i was digging out all of the detritus that ends up in his pockets.
Carl likes Tums, the fruit flavored ones. He nibbles them, then stuffs the other half or third in his pocket for later. One fell out on the floor, and before i could stop him, he picked it up, rinsed it at the sink and popped it in his mouth.
When i tell you he had a grin on his face, i mean it. He looked just like #1 Son when he was 9 months old and ate his first bug before i could stop him. That little kid "I ate it" grin is a sight to behold, even when it's on a 40-year-old special needs man/child.
Eventually he left for work, and i thought i'd be able to get through the rest of the cleaning unmolested. Think again.
When you go back to work after having been out for an illness, you have to answer a bunch of health questions before they will let you clock in.
Carl doesn't do questions well. Part of his special needs is that he has almost zero executive function and deciding how to answer a question is hard for him.
One question was about whether he'd had chills in the previous 24 hours. He'd had a chill the day before. Now granted, it was because it was fifty-some degrees outside and he went out without his shoes on to get something from the car, but to Carl, a chill is a chill and he said yes and was sent home.
Thus he had no choice but to eat again, brush his teeth again, and change back into his jammies so he could take a snooze. Because of course, if you are going to sleep, you have no choice but to put on sleep clothes, at least, if you are Carl.
One good thing, i did salvage what he wore for work and folded it, setting out where he would be able to wear it to work today. How much you want to bet that doesn't happen? Don't take that bet, because he will start to put it on, get distracted, and then go get other clothes, i promise.
This might be something i posted before, but if so, it's been a while and it made me laugh, so i hope it makes you laugh, too.
Have a blessed and beautiful Tuesday, everyone!
All Souls' Day -- Christian (celebrations in Ecuador are among the most colorful; 2nd of the Dias de los Muertos in Mexico) related observances:
Dead Relatives' Day -- Sicily
Dia de Finados -- Brazil; Portugal
Aztec Day of the Dead -- Ancient Aztec Calendar (date approximate)
Balfour Declaration Day -- Israel
Cookie Monster's Birthday -- go have a cookie to celebrate! (but only after your dinner, as Cookie Monster now points out; boy, things have changed)
Coronation of Haile Selassie -- Rastafarian
Dveselu Diena -- Ancient Latvian Calendar (day for families to gather with the spirits of their ancestors at the graveyard to celebrate the continuity of life)
Festival of Hathor -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Indian Arrival Day / Arrival of Indentured Laborers' Day -- Mauritius
International Day to End Impunity -- International (calling for the ending impunity for crimes against journalists and media workers)
Karatsu Kunchi -- Karatsu and Saga, Japan
Look for Circles Day -- internet generated, and we run in circles looking for who created it and why!
Melbourne Cup Day -- Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, Australia (155th running)
National Deviled Egg Day
Potting-Shed Investitures -- Fairy Calendar (Garden Fairies)
Plan Your Epitaph Day -- sponsored by Dead or Alive of Arcata, CA, because a forgettable epitaph is almost a fate worse than death, so make plans to do yours right!
Practice Being Psychic Day -- but you already knew that, didn't you?
Refuse to Capitalize the First Letters in Your Name Day -- k.d.lang's birth anniversary
Soulcaker's Play -- Cheshire, UK
St Eustachius' Day (Patron of difficult situations, fire prevention, firefighters, hunters and hunting, torture victims, trappers; Madrid, Spain; Poli, Italy; against fire and torture)
North Dakota becomes the 39th US State, 1889
South Dakota becomes the 40th US State, 1889
k.d. lang, 1961
Shere Hite, 1942
Stephanie Powers, 1942
Pat Buchanan, 1938
Ray Walston, 1914
Burt Lancaster, 1913
Paul Ford, 1901
Warren G. Harding, 1865
James K. Polk, 1795
Marie Antionette, 1755
Daniel Boone, 1734
The Spruce Goose makes its first (only) flight, 1947
KDKA Radio Pittsburgh, PA, US makes the first scheduled radio broadcast, of election results, 1920
Today in History:
The African Free School, the first free school in NYC, opens, 1787
The popular vote for US president is first recorded and Andrew "By God" Jackson (a/k/a Old Hickory) defeats John Quincy Adams, 1824
New Zealand officially adopts a standard time to be observed nationally, 1868
Johnny Campbell officially leads the crowd in cheering at a University of Minnesota football game, the official birth of cheerleading, 1898
The British newspaper the "Daily Mirror" begins publication, 1903
The Balfour Declaration proclaims British support for the "establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people" with the clear understanding "that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities", 1917
Charlotte Woodward, who attended the historic Seneca Falls Women's Rights Convention of 1848, becomes the only one of the women who attended to live long enough to cast a vote in a national election, 1920
Australia's Qantas Airways begins service, 1922
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is established, 1936
In California, designer Howard Hughes performs the maiden (and only) flight of the Spruce Goose; the largest fixed-wing aircraft ever built, 1947
Penguin Books is found not guilty of obscenity in the Lady Chatterley's Lover case, 1960
The Morris worm, the first internet-distributed computer worm to gain significant mainstream media attention, is launched from MIT, 1988
The International Space Station becomes permanently staffed, 2000
China makes its first orbital docking as its unmanned Shenzhou 8 spacecraft successfully docks with the orbiting Tiangong 1 space station module, 2011
The New York Marathon is cancelled due to the damage from Hurricane Sandy, 2012
Separatists in Eastern Ukraine hold elections in Donetsk and Luhansk; Russia will recognize the elected leaders, but Ukraine and Western nations declare the elections illegitimate, 2014
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull scraps Knights and Dames from Australia's honours system, 2015
The Chicago Cubs defeat the Cleveland Indians in the World Series, ending the longest MLB championship drought at 108 years, 2016