What do the following children's books have in common?
- All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
- The Little House novels by Laura Ingalls Wilder
- The Moffats by Eleanor Estes
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
- The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
- They were all written at least sixty years ago.
- They all contain characters who came down with that dreaded Victorian malady: scarlet fever.
- They were the reason why I, having read them all, correctly diagnosed Sam with scarlet fever last week. The doctors were skeptical, but in the end a throat swab doesn't lie.
So yeah, I don't hold a grudge against the doctors... though I have every right to, because they may not think I noticed it, but I was VERY aware of the "Uh-Oh, Crazy Mom Alert" looks and barely veiled eyerolling, even over the phone.
The good news: We caught the illness early, gave it a serious penicillin smackdown, and by watching Will vigilantly, were able to catch it even earlier with him, before he got all rashed up.
The bad news: No velveteen rabbits got a chance to become real.