Brie from Capital Mom has invited her readers to share some of their parenting moments as Monday Moments. This week’s topic is “reading”.

It’s the flu. Your first really big one. And you’re miserable.

Who could blame you? I’d be miserable too. I know that these things will eventually run their course, and even I don’t believe it when the dry heaves wrack my exhausted body.

Your head hurts, so you cry. So your head hurts. You look at me entreatingly, you don’t have the words yet but the message cuts clear through the howling.

Please. Make it stop.

So I pick you up, and nestle you into my lap. It takes a few pages for the hitching in your breath to subside, but then your head falls to my shoulder, and we read.