Today was Minerva’s birthday and we, the library building team, all brought in food to celebrate. I had a cake in the shape of an echidna (what else would a library assistant have as a cake?) and there were other sweet and savoury selections.
At 6.30am I sent Minerva a text saying Happy Birthday to yooouuuu, and she replied that she had her head in the toilet. In fact she had her head in the toilet most of the night. She now has a stomach bug that is doing the rounds Two bouts of ‘flu which resulted in a cracked rib from coughing, an ear infection and now a stomach virus. She asked if I didn’t mind she wouldn’t come in today…. I thought about it, but thought she would make me sick if she did come in, so I released her for the day.
We thought of eating the food and sending Minerva photos of us celebrating her birthday, but we are a catholic school and we all knew that though we would enjoy the moment, the catholic guilt would catch up with us and we would be making amends to her for the rest of her life and ours, so we gave that idea a miss. No cake is worth an attack of the catholic guilts.
So, all the food went into the fridge. Hopefully she will be in tomorrow, and even if she is on a restricted diet, she can slice some damn cake and we will eat it. Happy damn birthday Minerva!
That’s what I get for being nice.
Now that I see those spines, maybe I should be called Echidna Dancer instead of Flamingo Dancer!