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my brother who never got sick

Updated on January 19, 2015

childhood memories

It is always interesting to think back to the events of our childhood . One day the form teacher of my 11 year old brother visited our family .It was a much awaited visit . We were very proud of her coming . it was the custom at that time . I was just seven then - but I still remember how the nice event turned into embarrassing moments for my mother who took my brother's flu as a personal punishment for her being too proud of the good health of her son .

My brother never got sick


I must always smile whenever I remember this story . It started in a November or December afternoon ...we expected the form teacher of my big brother to visit us . He was a five grader at that time .It was/is the custom in Hungary that the form teachers visit once a year the family of every student to have better idea about the surroundings of the student and have a friendly chat with the parents .

Well, she was a very nice lady - she was sitting in the kids room and drinking coffee with my mum . She told many good things about my brother - he is smart , helpful and very popular . My mother was very proud .

Then the teacher added and "what is really exceptional - he did not miss a single day from school last year . He seems to be a very healthy child as well ".... Then my mother went overconfident and she told her " I do not intend to brag but ... he has not been down with any illness for one and a half year ."

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My brother never got sick


The teacher kept praising him and added that only the art teacher is complaining about my brother that his level is not good enough for his age ..Perhaps if my mother encouraged him he would show more talent .

When the form teacher left our home my mother was disturbed by this art teacher's remark . It turned out that they had homework - they had to paint something colorful around their home . My mother looked out the kitchen window and told to my brother : Look there ! The fence which is hiding the garbage cans ! it is a nice topic ... I remember him drawing that colorful fence it had large orange/yellow triangles and really there was not many other colorful things to choose that winter day .... my mother was cooking and encouraged him " be brave - do not be afraid to paint it large .... " everybody loved the result

My brother never got sick


So my brother was waiting very much to go to the school the next day - he wanted to tell the other students about the teacher's visit and he expected some nice words from the art teacher . . But when he woke up he was very unwell : high temperature , sore throat .... My mother felt miserable .... She was nearly crying 'I am so much ashamed now .... I was too proud yesterday that you are never ill . They will laugh when they hear you are down with flu "

Luckily , nobody teased him for this ... then this story always reminds me not to take the good health of our child as a personal victory . Some kids gets sick more often than others .

And what happened to the painting ? My brother could show it to the teacher after a week ! The only thing she could tell him was " this is not your work - somebody else has made it " and deterred him for life from the career as an artist .

We used to drink a lots of rose hip infusion when we were little kids . That helped to be cured very quickly .Otherwise we would spend much time outside and I believe the fresh air is very important . What are your tricks to keep your children healthy ? What were your parents /grandparents home remedies "

Other old home remedy I remember is the Linden Tree Blossom infusion with honey

It was great against cough .

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or any other ailments

© 2012 almawad

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      saxie5 5 years ago

      Sleep! It's amazing how it can help make you feel better

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      bebops 5 years ago

      Stay out of the cities, move to the country. Eat pure food. Love creation. Cross your fingers!

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      daisy-deegan 5 years ago

      Honey And Lemon with boiling water still good today.

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      mylittleeden 5 years ago

      Blueberries, orange and lots of fruit! Better still move to a warmer climate!