"What's wrong, baby?" asked Mommy entering the room upon hearing her daughter's sneeze. Her face looked full of concern as she sat beside Sienna.
"I don't feel so good, mommy" Sienna replied weakly.
Mommy touched Sienna's forehead, and then kissed it. "You're burning up. " she said worriedly. She took Sienna's temperature. It was 101 degrees. "My poor baby." she said kissing Sienna again. She took Sienna and bundled her up in the car and took her to the doctor. The doctor said that Sienna had the flu.
Mommy took Sienna home and took her up to her room. In her room, Mommy put Sienna in her pajamas and tucked her into bed. She turned off the light and tiptoed out of the room. Immediately, Sienna sat straight up in her bed even though it hurt her head to do so. "Mommy!" she yelled scratchily.
"What's wrong?" asked Mommy.
"Stay with me, please." begged Sienna.
Mommy sat down and put her arms around Sienna. She sang her a lullaby and sat with her until she fell asleep.
Sienna was sick for a week. Every day, Mommy took care of her. Mommy made her chicken soup and helped her eat it. Mommy sang songs to her. Mommy read to her. Sometimes, Mommy just sat beside her and put her arms around Sienna.
One morning, Sienna woke up and she felt better. She wasn't coughing. She wasn't sneezing. Her head wasn't pounding, and she didn't feel achy at all. "Mommy!" she called excitedly. When Mommy didn't come, she went into Mommy's room looking for her.
Mommy was lying in bed. She opened her eyes sleepily as Sienna entered the room. Mommy sneezed.
"Bless you, mommy." said Sienna. She ran and got Mommy a tissue. "Are you okay?" she asked as she returned and handed the tissue to Mommy.
"Thanks." said Mommy taking the tissue and blowing her nose. "No." replied Mommy in answer to Sienna's question. "I'm not okay." she admitted with a scratchy voice. "My head is pounding and my body is aching. I am coughing and sneezing, and my throat hurts."
"Oh Mommy." said Sienna sympathetically climbing up on the bed beside her mother. "I think you have the flu, but don't worry I'll take care of you now." she promised. "Just like you took care of me."