When we were very young children, one of the things which would bother our parents is knowing that some parents would give their sick children Tylenol or some other drug to hide their children’s sickness. These sick children would then mingle and play with healthy children and thereby spread their illness.
Today, our mom teaches children private music lessons. Last week, a boy came in with a pained expression looking very tired. He was holding onto his stomach as well.
Naturally, our mom asked him if he felt alright. The child answered, “No. My stomach hurts and I have a headache.” Then the child’s mom came into the picture. She felt his head for signs of a fever and looked into his eyes and mussed his hair.
She dismissed his illness with a casual, “Oh, he’ll be alright.”
Oh, okay. We sure hope so. We also hope he isn’t really as sick as he looks, because who knows how many other children he may be infecting while you bring him from here to there instead of letting him rest at home.
Bottom line: sick people need to be at home in order to recover and not spread their germs to others.