Friday, December 10, 2010

Tender Mercies

I like a lot of things about my job, and for those who don't know, I teach PreK.  However, it does have a few drawbacks, too.  One of those is that I work in a germ factory.  We went from some nice, really warm weather to really cold weather, and the germs seem to love that.  So, as much as I tried to deny it through the end of last week and the weekend, eventually I had to face facts and admit that I've caught a cold.  Often, if I can get a lot of rest in the first couple of days, it doesn't last too long and I can get over it rather quickly.

Sunday afternoon, I did a lot of napping and Mr. Taleteller went out to run some errands, taking Morgan and Blueberry with him so I could rest in peace.  Bunny curled up on the bed with me and we had a nice nap.  Once in a while, she'd open one little doe eye and look at me, then, satisfied that I was alright, she'd tuck her nose back under her paws and go back to sleep.  When Mr. Taleteller returned home, I was faced with a rude awakening and Morgan bounded into the bedroom and onto the bed in one flying bound.  Bunny had vacated the bed upon hearing their arrival, clever hound that she is.

Morgan:  Hey Mom! I missed you!  How are you?  What are you doing in here?  Do you want to play bitey face?  How about a wrestle?

Me:  NO!  Morgan, no!  I'm sick, I'm trying to rest!

Mr. Taleteller:  (shouted from the kitchen)  Morgan!  Come on!

Morgan:  Dad needs me!  I'll be right back!

I struggled to get up and out of bed before she could come back to pounce on me again.  I made it as far as the hallway before she'd returned.  Her enthusiasm hadn't dimmed any.

Morgan:  I'm back!  Did you miss me?  Are you feeling better yet?  Do you want to wrestle now?

Me:  No!  I'm tired!  Just let me sit on the couch.

Morgan:  Oh, okay!  Let me escort you there to be sure nothing happens.

Me:  It's five steps from here if I don't have to keep walking around you...

Morgan:  Okay, I'll do a quick perimeter check before you start moving.

I let out a sigh and begin maneuvering my way to the couch.  Am I the only one who notices how much harder it is to get around dog beds when you can feel your heartbeat in your sinus cavity?  Alas, I digress.  I sat down on the couch and Bunny generously offered to hold down the other end of the couch for me in return for sharing the quilt.  Mr. Taleteller had brought home some pasta for dinner and he brought it to me after I got situated.  Soon Morgan was back.

Morgan:  Hey!  Are you sure that food is safe?  I better taste a bite in case it's been poisoned or something!

Me:  Absolutely not!  You do not need spaghetti sauce in your system and we all want to be able to sleep in the house tonight without being gassed to death!

Morgan:  That could never happen!  I'd never let anybody in with gas tanks!

Me:  Nevertheless...

Morgan:  Intruder alert!  Intruder alert!  A poodle is walking down the sidewalk!

Me:  Morgan!  The are allowed access on the sidewalk!  Get off me!

At this point, Morgan was standing on the couch, perched precariously over my legs as she watched out the window.  It's not easy juggling a plate of pasta and fending off an overzealous Shepherd lass.  Fortunately, something Mr. Taleteller did caught her attention and Morgan hurried off to see what he was doing in the kitchen.  Cookie baking requires her diligent supervision, and fortunately it kept her occupied for a good half hour. 

In that time, Bunny and I arranged ourselves carefully on the couch, hiding Morgan's favorite little foot launch pad and thwarting new attempts at supervision.  The whole ordeal has taught me something.  Morgan has the best of intentions, but often things don't go quite as she planned.  While Greyhounds make the world's best nurses when you are sick, young German Shepherds should be kept out of the sick room!
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  1. HowevFUR did woo manage with Morgan GSD on staff?


  2. LOL! I love the dialogue! Too funny!

  3. Morgan looks like an Angel, next to the tree. We hope you feel better!

  4. LOL! You're a good storyteller! Thanks for giving me a smiley day : )

  5. Morgan has definitely changed your household. I never realized that German Shepherd's were so protective. She's just doing her job. ;-)
    Hope you feel better soon.

  6. HAHAHA! oh dear! A little chaos is good for the soul I guess!

  7. Lovely story - but really hope you are on the mend now.

    Bless Morgan....but I can understand why Bunny makes a better sick bed companion.

    Love and licks, Winnie

  8. Great post!
    Very funny as always!
    We hope that you're feeling better now.
    And yes, sometimes when we feel that mom is not very well, we make so many mistakes, that only when she scolds us, we realize that we just made her feel worse ...

  9. Poor you. Guess the pre-K's aren't in the slightest bit excited about Christmas !

  10. Hope you feel better soon. So glad you have Bunny to look after you and Morgan...... she means well:)

  11. Thanks for the smile!

    And while greyhounds may make great nurses, I bet Morgan would make a great physical therapist. There's no way she'd let you slack on your exercises!

    Hope you feel better soon! Y'know, so you're ready for the next bug your kids bring you.

  12. When I feel sick or tired, I am lucky to have several warm greyhound bodies always willing to take a nap with daddy :)

  13. It takes a while for any dog to get the nursing skills down pat - Morgan will get it before you know it - at least we hope so.

    Hope you're feeling better soon.

    Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Ruairi

  14. Hehehe...Maybe Morgan would make a good candy striper:)I loved reading your story.
    Hope you are feeling better.

  15. I know I shouldn't laugh because I've experienced this exact thing and it is incredibly irritating. But I can't help myself.

    Dogs just don't understand when to give up. Gotta love em.

  16. Morgan and Nikki do not ever need to meet! They sound quite similar. I feel your pain. We ask ourselves everyday, "when do you think Nikki will calm down?", "Do you think she will ever calm down?" She's a sweetie though.

    Momma Heartbeat

  17. Hahaha!! I hope you feel better soon!

    I have been working with a gsd the last month or so and everything Morgan does, I just keep thinking "that is something Diesel would do!!"

  18. We hope you are feeling better soon. The recap was priceless and Morgan sounds a lot like Winston. We to wonder if he will ever calm down. At least you have Bunny who appreciates a good snuggle with Mom. Sniffs, The HoundDogs

  19. Hey, Morgan was protecting you from intruders with gas tanks and you don't sound very grateful :)

    I hope that you're feeling better now.

  20. I dussn't unnerstand why hoomans duss not appreshiate the attenshuns us shepherds gib them when they is not well. Like the time mom fell while hiking and I sat on top of her to offer comforts and protekshuns and got YELLED AT to GET OFF!

  21. Today's post made mom laugh out loud, apparently Morgan and me have da same bed side manner. ;)
    Happy news dat you is feeling better.

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae

  22. See, you're at your weakest point! That's when things like squirrels and kitties and aliens try to attack! We must protekt you!

    I'm not as bouncy as Morgan...most of the time...but I stay close to mom when she's sick...awakening her with a cold nose to make sure she's alive though, is very important! :)

    Feel better!

  23. I think it is funny how these hounds (well most of them) seem to know when you are feeling bad. My Sadie is my nurse. She curls up against my back when I don't feel good. P.s. I love that gingham quilt! I think I might have to make one like it!!!

  24. Oh, oh, oh!!! Yesssss! Both our dogs LEAP up on the bed as if to "woof" those very same things - a funny and tragic post BOL! I hope you get better soon - yes those little children school germs are ruthless in their quest to attack once the cold weather hits. Hubby seems to be super wonderful at caring fur you! Bravo!
    Hugs xoxoxo
    Sammie and Avalon

  25. Such a funny story!! Hope you feel much better soon!

    Woofs and Kisses!
    The Fiesty Three

  26. Sounds like a fun game of Good Nurse Bad Nurse!!! The good nurse was makin sure you were peaceful and comfy and the Bad Nurse was entertainin you and keepin your mind off your troubles... It was all wif you in mind, right???

    Your tail had me in stitches. Sure hope you're feelin better today!!!

    wif love from the Luke

  27. Our Momma use to teach pre K too!! She taught at Children's World Learning Centers~

    She kept getting sooooo sick all 'da time...
    she got a bad flu and ended up in 'da hospital~~

    She loved working wits 'da **GASP** Hoomans... butt.. hers got sick ALL the time~~

    She did 'dis (oh here comes... she gonna give her age away) 16 years ago... butt... hers said she was really young when she started.. hee hee

    Hope yous Mommy feeling betters~
    Tell hers get day care jobs wits doggy day cares... snorts!!

  28. I know what you mean. I teach 3rd grade and have been sick twice in the last month. The second time required antibiotics and I'm not quite better yet. Morgan sure is doing a good job of making sure everyone is okay. :-)

  29. Wonderful Narrative!!!! Loved it. hehehe
    Sorry, butt it is TRUE.. I laughed.

  30. So funny, I laughed out loud!!! You write so well.
    I loved a GSD so very much once and they do calm down and are wonderful bed warmers!!! I wouldn't have taken a million for him!!!
    Get better soon and wash hands and wash hands!!!!
    xx, Fern

  31. Bwhahahahahahahahaha...oh me, dat is some funny stuffs! Personally, I don't see how ya'll evers survived withouts Morgan.

    Oh god, is Mr.TT gonna blows da house up with him baking? Can you post about it when he does?


  32. that pic of Morgan is priceless. Morgan the Martyr. HEAVY SIGH. "Just trying to protect you and doing my job and this is the thanks I get."

  33. Ha Ha Ha! Or as we say in our house - typical day!

    Sorry you feel crummy, hope you're up and around soon.

  34. Okay, firstly, I hope you're feeling better. My mom has had colds before and they sure don't look like fun. I'm real good about doing what Bunny does and curling up next to her and making sure she's warm enough.

    And secondly, that Morgan is just something else! Me and my mom were just howling reading abouts her trying to "help." So do German Shepherds ever settle down or are they ALWAYS

    Wiggles & Wags,

  35. miss taleteller,

    i sure hope you are feelin' the betterment today! those colds are so not funsies. :(
    now i gotta defend miss morgan cuz it's kinda hard for us young doggies to get the whole loungin' and takin' gentle cares of our pawrents right on the first few tries. it took me 2 whole years to figure out that mama just wanted to cuddle with me when she had the sickies...i always thought she wanted to throw my tennis ball over and over and over and over again, but i was wrong! i've got everythingie down pat now, and miss morgan will soon, too!!

    the booker man

  36. Hapless Morgan. She is certainly trying hard. I hope you feel better soon so that you can wrestle with Morgan again.


  37. I love Morgan's guilty face in that photo.

  38. We hope you are feeling better, and glad you have your dogs to help!

  39. Hope you are feeling betters!

    I'm with Puddles....I am interested in Mr. Taleteller's cookie-making......especially with Morgan 'helping' him!! BOL

    Great post

  40. Mr. Taleteller bakes cookies? Couch, quilt, hound, cookies... just what this doctor orders :) Hope you feel better soon!

  41. Morgan cracks me up. That doggie is a hoot.

  42. Great conversation, too funny and we so enjoyed it. Mom says she totally understands about the germ factory. She used to teach the middle and high school kids and they aren't much better at keeping their germs to themselves either. And now with all the little preschool bipeds around here, it is a wonder she isn't always sick too.

    Hope you are feeling better.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  43. Oh, you made me laugh. Though I'm sure it was a bit irritating when it happened, you definitely managed to bring the humor out in the situation. :)

  44. He he, I like to sleep late in the morning, but when Rob gets up and lets the girls in, I'd better get out of bed fast and grab my clothes because they bound onto the bed to check on me. Morgan sounds like she'd fit right in around here.


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