Molly: (chirping from her dark room) Papa? Paaaaaapa? Papa?
Molly: (congested) Chicken mama?
Me: Are you awake?
Molly: I wake up. I no sleep. I a widdle bit sicky.
Me: I know. You hardly slept.
Me: He’s sleeping.
Molly: Mano (brother)?
Me: He’s at school.
Molly: Mama, I sick. I no go to Tia’s (Molly’s nanny) house?
Me: Not today, lovie. When you’re sick you stay home so as not to make other people sick and so you can rest properly. You will get better faster if you rest well.
Molly: I stay here. Mama, you no work stay with me and we snuggle?
Me: Of course!
Molly: And waffles?
Me: (giggling) You’d like waffles?
Molly: Yes, please. (tossing off her covers, taking my hand) Come on, mama. (coughing) Waffle time.