I did not realize that today was World Polio Day until I saw Elyse’s post yesterday.
“Mommy!” my daughter wailed. Her voice carried through the clinic. “Why are you making me gets shots? I don’t want shots! Please, please don’t let her give me shots…” She looked at me as if I had betrayed her as tears poured down her four year old face.
“Remember how grandpa has to use a wheelchair and crutches and leg braces because he had polio?”
She nodded, pausing her sobbing for a moment.
“This is so you don’t have to get sick like that.”
“Oh.” She wiped the tears from her face. There was a resigned sigh and a little hiccup. “Ok, mommy. I’ll be brave.”
And she was.