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December 3, 2009

Emergency preparedness

Felix's daycare requires an emergency pack for his use in case of, well, emergency. Here's what's required:

* Two types of non-perishable food (how about raisins and more raisins?)
* Two water packets
* Space blanket
* Family photo
* Note to child
* Small comfort toy

These last three bring too vividly to mind the image of FM, without us, dealing with his little world gone topsy-turvy. We have reason to believe he would not deal all that well: a couple of weeks ago he somehow (we still don't know how, but would like to) got the idea that his daycare building was falling down and mentioned this repeatedly, and worriedly, for several days thereafter. His pack will contain one of these pictures:

We will put one of his Thomas trains in by way of comfort and distraction. The thing that's really holding us up is the note: it's just too sad to think about. Maybe I'll have monkey write it.

Posted by atshuldiner at December 3, 2009 7:58 AM


although it is very sad to think of such a note I hope it will be uplifting. One thing you may mention in the note to Felix is that he is surrounded by many who love him very much and that there ALWAY be people to love him, look after him and make sure he has all he needs.
just two, but by no means limited to - sasa and saba

Posted by: savta at December 4, 2009 2:36 AM

what's the space blanket for? in case he ends up in orbit?

Posted by: Cisca at December 6, 2009 1:13 PM

we had to do the same thing and it choked me up a lot. gah

Posted by: gizella at December 6, 2009 5:36 PM

I'm not sure what the space blanket is for. I mean, I know what it's for in theory--keeping the kid warm--but in practice these things are always made of flimsy material and the idea that FM is going to sit there bundled up in one of these for any period of time is improbable at best. Very handy for wrapping up a hypothermia victim who isn't moving much, or an adult who can be made to understand that it's a necessary evil (space blankets are impermeable and thus you quickly get icky wet in them), but a kid or, even worse, a classroom full of kids? Nope.

So Gizzy, what did you write in the end, if it's not too personal?

Posted by: Alec at December 9, 2009 7:01 AM