Quarantined

B wakes up with a string of bug bites on his front and back.

B — I wonder what bit me!

Mom — I don’t know, but whatever it was had a feast.

R — Maybe it was a mosquito.

B — Some mosquitoes put a straw inside you to suck your blood.

R — All mosquitoes do that, B!

B — But some mosquitoes give you bad advice.

Mom — What?

B — I read it in a book.

Mom — Do you know what that means?

B — No.

R — Then you shouldn’t say it, if I don’t know what it means.

Mom — He shouldn’t use a word if you don’t know what it means?

R — Well, he shouldn’t say a word if he doesn’t know what it means, but also if I don’t know because it confuses me.

Mom — B, did the book say that mosquitoes can give you a bad disease, maybe?

B — That’s it!

Mom — That makes sense.  R, let me check you for bug bites, too.

B, reaching for R’s shirt — Let me look!

R — B, don’t touch me with your disease!

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