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Suburban Diary

When Daddy gets sick

It was Christmas morning when that same filthy virus that has attacked so many of us over the last few weeks took hold. Before my kids even came charging down the stairs to see what Saint Nick had brought them, I knew the day was doomed.

Every muscle in me was melting. Every head hair stung. And a hacking cough trailed me like a bad night on Route 99 in Malden.

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