My kids have colds. I feel a little bad about sending them to school, but it's not like they're going to stay home and relax if I keep them here. Smunch sounds like someone in an old Western suffering from consumption (and yes, I know what that is, but it seems like it sets off fewer alarm bells if we just stick with the old timey term). Just the mere suggestion that they should stay home leads to some fairly creative arguments though. Yesterday, this was Mam's argument.
"I like [our cat] Skimble the best. So I don't want to go to school."
Here's your lunchbox. Off you go!