Jeremy had been living with his dad for this time, enjoying every second of it. Even when his dad started to lack pants again, he found that he didn’t find it that weird. Unless Michael came over, that was a bit… yeah.
Speaking of Michael.
So, Jeremy got permission to temporarily attend freshman year of high school where Michael was attending. He literally passed out when he heard this (It concerned his dad quite a bit) out of excitement.
On the first day, he almost didn’t figure out who Michael was. He figured out at lunch, when saw him in front of him in the lunch line, texting him. Well, not him. But Heir. He blushed lightly, for two different reasons.
One: Michael really did take time to talk to him, and by looking at him now, he could tell he put time into his responses.
Two: Michael. Is. Really…. cute?
It’s true, he was cute. He couldnt deny it. But he wanted to, since he knew he was an amazing friend and that would make it awkward. What would his mom think if he liked a guy? No.. plus, this was the second cute person he’s seem today.
Christine Canigula. She.. she would work. He had to snap himself out of it when he saw her the first time. She was so adorable and fun-loving, she really was crush material.
Of course, he couldn’t talk to her. But after he got his food, he caught up to the boy who was going to sit at an empty table. He tapped his shoulder, looking a bit nervous.
“Hmm?” Michael slid his headphones off his ears, making eye contact with the smaller boy.
“I- uh- I’m… I’m Jeremy.. can I sit with you?”
Michael stared for a minute. Then, this grin came across his face. “Sure thing! You’re new in town, aren’t you?” He kept talking as he lead him to the table.
He didn’t recognize him as Heir. It made sense, he looked normal, and acted much more awkwardly than he did when he could pretend to be cool over the phone. He rarely had mishaps with the back and forth (ex: asking about homework as Heir. He saved it, though).
Even over the months, as their friendship took off, he didn’t notice. It was for the best. His friendship with Michael only got closer and closer every day, eventually they were hanging out after school, telling eachother secret things (Maybe not certain things on his part…) and finally.. Jeremy was feeling happy.
Michael started telling him about Heir. He remembered how that went.
“Jeremy.. can I tell you something you can’t tell anyone?”
“Promise! Promise me, Jer!”
“Ok! I promise. Back up, I swear, I promise!”
“Ok, good.. But don’t freak out.”
And I wasn’t the one to freak out. I acted surprised, but this only fueled this new, child-like excitement with Michael about Heir. He actually squealed. Jeremy had to hide his flushed expression.
Jeremy was finally happy. He may not be a cool guy on school, but that wasn’t what he wanted anyways. All he wanted was Michael, and to live a normal life. And now.. He might finally have it.
“Why are you crying? Are you ok?”
“Oh, y-yeah.. just thinking of a video game death, that’s all.”
Ms. Heere sat at her desk in New York, holding her Bluetooth with one finger. She stated out the window as she discussed a business offer from Waylane industries in England. It was going pretty smoothly. Smoothly always equals success, and success equals happiness. Well, part of happiness.. her other happiness is..
Speaking of. Another line called, and she almost put them on hold. However, it was a number from her estate. They did not call frequently- direct calls only came if they were about Jeremy.
“I’m sorry- I’m going to have to place you on hold. Family matters. Yes, alright- thank you.” She switched. “Yes?”
“Ms. Heere- I’m on to talk about Jeremy.” She could tell this was Jeremy’s personal servant/caretaker, the one who took more care of him as a baby and knows Jeremy the most out of the large staff. It’s not like they seem close anymore, though..
“Yes? Is something the matter with him? I know he’s back from his father’s home.” She assumed. Maybe he had caught an illness, she wouldn’t be surprised with all the unvaccinated children that go to schools these days and yada yada.
“That is the problem, Ma'am. It appears that Jeremy hasn’t come back yet.”
“..what was that?”
It has come to her attention that her son hadn’t gotten on the plane back to Paris. For one reason or another, he was still staying at his dad’s house. She tried to call him. He answered the first time, the conversation was… short.
“Hello, mom- mother?”
“Jeremy, dear. I’m on to talk to you about coming home.”
“Oh.. m.. mother, I think I want to stay here longer.”
“You do? Why would you want to do that, sweety?”
“I don’t know, I just.. like it here?”
“Honey, how could you ‘like’ it there? It’s filthy and common. Besides, at home, you can have whatever you-”
“I’m sorry, mother, someone’s at the door for me. I have to go.”
“Mother.” He had hung up.
She sat there, wondering to herself about it. His reaction saddened and confused her. Why would he want to stay with him? She could guess his father wasn’t wearing pants. She could tell he was going to.. ugh. Highschool. Is he.. not happy at home?
'How could that be?’ She thought to herself. 'I give him everything he’ll ever need or want, if he asks for it. I give him everything and anything. So how could he go to his father like this?’
Then it hit her. Maybe she didn’t know her son. Maybe.. She didn’t know what he really, really wanted, deep down.
And if she couldn’t know.. there’s only one thing to do.
@Regrann from @freedom_faction - The first peer-reviewed study comparing health outcomes of #vaccinated children versus unvaccinated was recently published in the Journal of Translational Science by epidemiologists from the School of Public Health at #JacksonStateUniversity. The study’s conclusions are likely to inflame the fierce debate over whether vaccines and a mercury-containing vaccine preservative may be culprits in the dramatic rise in certain neurodevelopmental disorders in our children, including autism.
The “Pilot comparative study on the health of #vaccinated and #unvaccinated 6- to 12-year-old U.S. children” implicates vaccines in a host of chronic illnesses now epidemic in our nation’s children. The team of scientists, led by the renowned epidemiologist Dr. Anthony Mawson, the author of more than fifty published studies, concluded that “In a final adjusted model designed to test for this possibility, controlling for the interaction of preterm birth and vaccination, the following factors remained significantly associated with NDD: vaccination (OR 2.5, 95% CI: 1.1, 5.6), nonwhite race (OR 2.4, 95% CI: 1.1, 5.4), and male gender (OR 2.3, 95% CI: 1.2, 4.4). Preterm birth itself, however, was not significantly associated with NDD, whereas the combination (interaction) of preterm birth and vaccination was associated with 6.6-fold increased odds of NDD (95% CI: 2.8, 15.5) (Table 8).” Jackson State is a leading university research center.
The study suggests that fully vaccinated children may be trading the prevention of certain acute illnesses (chicken pox, pertussis) for more chronic illnesses and #neurodevelopmentaldisorders (NDDs) like #ADHD and #Autism.
In order to find a large population of children who hadn’t received any vaccines, the Jackson State scientists utilized #Homeschool organizations in four states and compared the incidence of a broad range of health outcomes in 666 children, 39% of whom were unvaccinated. 🖐🏾More in comments👇🏾 - #regrann
A FEW years back, an acerbic friend of mine who was a recent transplant to Los Angeles told me that she itched to write a satirical novel with the following narrative:
A group of wealthy, educated people in Santa Monica who deliberately didn’t vaccinate their children subsequently take them on a “poor-ism” trip to a developing country. The goal is to make them wiser and more sensitive to suffering in the world. While being sensitized, the kids catch diseases that they could have been inoculated against. Some of them die.
As a plot, it lacks subtlety (and compassion). But as a parable, it’s crystal-clear. You can be so privileged that you’re underprivileged, so blessed with choices that you choose to be a fool, so “informed” that you’re misinformed.
Which brings us to Disneyland, measles and the astonishing fact that a scourge once essentially eliminated in this country is back.
You’ve probably heard or read about the recent outbreak traced to the theme park. But there’s a chance that you’re unaware, because it hasn’t received nearly the coverage that, say, Ebola did, even though some of the dynamics at work here are scarier.
It started in mid-December and is now believed to be responsible for more than 70 cases in seven states and Mexico; 58 of those are in California, which of course is where the park is — in Orange County, to be more specific.
As it happens, there are affluent pockets of that county where the fraction of schoolchildren whose parents have cited a “personal belief” to exempt them from vaccinations is higher than the statewide average of 2.5 percent. That’s also true of some affluent pockets of the San Francisco and Los Angeles areas.
It used to be that unvaccinated children in America were clustered in impoverished neighborhoods; now they’re often clustered among sophisticates in gilded ZIP codes where a certain strain of health faddishness reigns. According to a story in The Hollywood Reporter last year, the parents of 57 percent of the children at a Beverly Hills preschool and of 68 percent at one in Santa Monica had filed personal-belief exemptions from having their kids vaccinated.
Why? Many of them buy into a discredited theory that there’s a link between the MMR (mumps-measles-rubella) vaccine and autism. They’re encouraged by a cadre of brash alarmists who have gained attention by pushing that thinking. Anti-vaccine panic was the path that the actress Jenny McCarthy traveled to innumerable appearances on prominent news and talk shows; she later demonstrated her singular version of concern for good health by working as a pitchwoman for e-cigarettes.
Other parents have separate or additional worries about vaccines, which can indeed have side effects. But they’re weighing that downside against what they deem to be a virtually nonexistent risk of exposure to the diseases in question. And that degree of risk depends entirely on a vast majority of children getting vaccines. If too many forgo them, we surrender what’s known as “herd immunity,” and the risk rises. That’s precisely what health officials see happening now.
California lawmakers proposed legislation Wednesday that would require parents to vaccinate all school children unless a child’s health is in danger, joining only two other
states with such stringent restrictions.
no longer cite personal beliefs or religious reasons to send
unvaccinated children to private and public schools under a proposal
introduced after dozens of people have fallen ill from a measles
outbreak that started at Disneyland. Mississippi and West Virginia are
the only other states with such strict vaccine rules, though the
California bill’s chief author said he would consider including a
Carl Krawitt has watched his son, Rhett, now 6, fight leukemia for the past 4 ½ years. For more than three of those years, Rhett has undergone round after round of chemotherapy. Last year he finished chemotherapy, and doctors say he is in remission.
Now, there’s a new threat, one that the family should not have to worry about: measles.
Rhett cannot be vaccinated, because his immune system is still rebuilding. It may be months more before his body is healthy enough to get all his immunizations. Until then, he depends on everyone around him for protection — what’s known as herd immunity.
But Rhett lives in Marin County, Calif., a county with the dubious honor of having the highest rate of “personal belief exemptions” in the Bay Area and among the highest in the state. This school year, 6.45 percent of children in Marin have a personal belief exemption, which allows parents to lawfully send their children to school unvaccinated against communicable diseases like measles, polio, whooping cough and more.
Carl Krawitt has had just about enough. “It’s very emotional for me,” he said. “If you choose not to immunize your own child and your own child dies because they get measles, OK, that’s your responsibility, that’s your choice. But if your child gets sick and gets my child sick and my child dies, then … your action has harmed my child.”