Cherubs 2 & 3 share a bedroom. At bedtime, I asked cherub 2 to re-quaranteen himself back in my bedroom so that he doesn't give cherub 3 the flu. Cherub 3 burst into tears.
Me: What's wrong buddy?
Cherub 3: He can't sleep in your room.
Me: Oh buddy, I don't want you to get sick. It's ok.
Cherub 3: No it's not, I will be scared and lonely. I NEED COMPANY!
(Re-bursts into tears)
How cute is that! Company!
Me: Guess what. If you don't cry-and you're real brave, you can go watch big-cousin's flag football game tomorrow morning while everyone else is at CCD class.
Cherub 3: (Big smile!) Really! Will he have a helmet on?
I guess he was over needing company. Two minutes later, sound asleep.