My sons have been bugging me for months about going to the local "juicer" called Booster Juice so they can get a drink. So this past weekend, I relented and took them to the store. You'd think I was taking them to an all expense paid trip to Toy R Us....wow were they excited!
After explaining the hundreds of combinations, one son chose a small "Funky Monkey" which is a smoothie with Soy chocolate milk, frozen yogurt and bananas. The other son chose a small strawberry-banana with frozen yogurt smoothie. Well $8.40 later, yes $8.40 they ended up drinking about a quarter of each over the next few days. Trying to explain to my two sons though, why daddy can't drink them was interesting. Everything in that place I can't drink. The smoothies have yogurt and the juices, well...they're juices and unless I water them down, I'll be going to the bathroom for days! Needless to say, we won't be going back.
I had an idea though about how to explain it to them in terms they would understand.....with TV.
I put on a DVD from the Magic School Bus series and they were talking about the digestive system. When they got to the part about the intestines, I paused it and showed them on the TV what, exactly was going on with daddy. They showed the 'School Bus' in the intestinal tract and I explained that what they were seeing on the screen, daddy no longer had (some small and most of the large intestines). And sometimes when daddy ate, it felt like a school bus was driving through his tummy. "Where did it go"? was one response. I tried to explain that daddy had to have it cut out, and showed them again my scar. "Can't they put a new one back"? Oh I wish was my response. But since I explained it to them, they are a little more chatty about it especially when we eat. "Can you eat this daddy"? "Will this hurt you"? "Is the school bus going through"?
Oh I love the innocence.....
I pray to God everyday they never have to go through what I have been through and am going through.