Merrick: "If Ebola comes to St. Paul, would I stay home from school?"
Matron: "Absolutely -- but why do you ask?" And in that "absolutely" please read her total and complete, forever irrational panic. This is a woman who bought 5000 Q-Tips before Y2K.
Merrick: "No school and stuff. We could be on TV. I'm thinking maybe Ebola isn't all that bad."
Her scholar and reality tv star, scheming. Forget global demise and despair. No school and cameras.