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But it's just a bucket...

"I'm feeling sick," he said. He's only five but he did look a whit off colour.

"Where do you feel sick?" I asked.

"In my tummy."

"How's your head feeling?" I asked - just in case.

"Good," he said, "I'm just sick in my tummy."

"Do you feel like you're going to be sick?" A dodgy question at best: one that's turned into something of a self-fulfilling prophecy in the past."

"No - just a little bit." By now, he was looking clammy and of a Grinch-ish hue.

"Right - if you feel sick, use this," I said, thrusting an orange bucket onto his lap; a bucket retrieved from a surprisingly crowded medical room - a sore foot, a possible broken arm and at least a 'brace' of first aiders.  We phoned  bucket-boy's home but no transport options were immediately available for the whanau to come and pick him up. No problem - we'd drop him off.

As the brace of first aiders had swelled to a clutch; I said I'd drive boy and bucket home. And I did. And although he carefully cradled his bucket all the way home, a couple of dry-retches aside: it was not needed. So back to school I went.

And as I strolled down the passage to return the bucket; it was whipped from my hands: "A-ha - I've been looking for that!"

Perplexed at the vigorous response; I offered a weak, "Why?"

Silently pointing to the black lettering on the outside of the bucket, she said,

"Health lesson - obviously!" And walked off muttering something about the bleeding obvious.

Fair enough too  - the bucket's message was a very clear "5 plus a day" - how close we had been filling it with totally the wrong sort of 'greens'.



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