February 23, 2005
Aaron Burr and Boo
Today was completely taken over by getting Boo’s vaccinations up-to-date. He had to get five shots. I hate getting my kids vaccinated. If I could morally justify it, I wish I could be a free-rider. . .The very thought of watching someone take a needle and inject my perfectly healthy baby boy with a virus that used to kill people makes me uneasy.
And then, of course, mom is the one who has to hold the baby down while they do it.
Sweet: the Dude was very unhappy about the idea of his little brother getting shots, and wanted to be nearby and watch over him, too.
So, I kept thinking of Aaron Burr! The man who killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel was orphaned at two years old after his mother died from a smallpox innoculation.
One wonders: would history have taken a different turn if that little boy had had a mother?
To think that I am scared of shots now. What a debt we owe to the people who took those early vaccines. . .