Jackie Lantern, the pumkin' wearing scribe from Saved By The Torso, wrote recently that he tries hard to "avoid turning this blog into some touchy-feely emotion-fest." And, I understand that.
I, too, try to keep the cutsey on the down-lo.
It's just not that interesting to me to write about all-things-emotional when I can focus my time on such topics as movies, music or Oprah. Hell, even TomKat getting married in November is on my To-Write-About-Soon list, three priority levels above What I Love About Thanksgiving.
Besides, I have a reputation to maintain among my brotherhood in The Union. I am, after all, an Official Member.
But even Jackie admits that sometimes the emotional stuff can't be avoided. And I agree.
My three-year-old son, Jaden, was recently hospitalized for what doctors are calling "walking pneumonia." His breathing had become a bit labored, and he ran a high fever for a couple of days. So, we insisted he be admitted to the local hospital. (After a couple days of intensive treatment, Jaden is home and recovering nicely.)
But, it was his exchange with a new doctor on that first day at the hospital that I can't stop laughing about.
The doctor wanted Jaden to buy into some respitory treatment that involved face-masks and straps, and Jaden wasn't having any of it. In fact, he was refusing to talk to the doctor. And this is unusual, because he talks.
But, not that day. And, while he was not talking, he was clutching the brand new stuffed monkey that his aunt brought to keep him company. The doctor saw the monkey, recognized the opportunity and switched techniques:
Dr.: "Jaden, the mask won't hurt you, it will make you feel better. Will you give it a try?"
Jaden: [Silence. And an evil glare at the otherwise nice doctor.]
Dr.: "Jaden, you won't have to wear it all day. Just an hour or so. OK?"
Jaden: [Nada, except more of the same. Doubled.]
Dr.: "Jaden, I bet the monkey would want you to try it. Let's ask the monkey if it's OK for you to wear the mask just for a little while, then take it off. What do you think about that, monkey?"
Jaden: [15 seconds of dramatic pause, then a deadpanned...] "...The monkey says 'No."
It sounded like dialogue right out of the 40s, or like that from the movie Brick. And, I could not stop laughing for hours.
Man, for some reason I love that kid more now than before he went in.