So I've been sick with a cold all weekend which got me thinking about my childhood sick days. I didn't stay home sick very often as a child, but when I did it meant curling up on the couch with my favorite movies, chicken noodle soup, and a stack of library books.
Of course, staying home sick meant watching an Anne of Green Gables marathon. Visiting with Anne, Diana, and Gilbert on Prince Edward Island always made me feel better. Now, I would watch this movie on days I wasn't sick too. But for me, Anne was the ultimate sick day movie. I'd watch both Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea. I finally caved and watched the third movie a few years ago, but I wouldn't recommend it (if you're a true Anne fan, it might make you sicker!)
If I couldn't watch Anne, then I spent my afternoon with Little Women-the Elizabeth Taylor movie version. This one didn't top my list, since Jo and Laurie do not end up together which is endlessly frustrating and not great when you're already not feeling well.
The other big deal in my house when we were sick (or had a day off school) meant we got to watch The Price is Right-if we weren't still asleep when it came on. My sister and I loved the Showcase Showdown and would sit through the rest of the show just for that. I always liked when they had a story or theme to them and when you're nine-years-old, winning a new car seems like the coolest thing in the world. We never understood why people would give up the cars.
And since my library was always at the library, being sick meant I got to stay home with my library books. I would read books from home, books from the library, anything I had. I don't remember having a specific book I read when I was sick, I would just read.
I still watch Anne and read when I'm not feeling well. I actually started Kate DiCamillo's The Magician's Elephant today and I think it'll make a great sick day read.
When you're not feeling well, what books or movies are your comfort, feel better things?