Anna and I set an intention last week to make Monday a day to share something inspiring – a sneak into how we are, as women, finding ourselves in the vastness of this parenting gig. But all I seem to be able to share right now is a nasty cold.
And the path here lead to me to all sorts of hypothetical blog posts: “Why parents who take their sick children to playgrounds are Evil“; “How many kids movies can you watch on sick days before going postal?”; and “Watching an alien horror flick with your husband after the kids go to bed will not improve either of your weakened immunities.”
We have been inside for five days now. The kids have bounced back incredibly. One is enjoying the wonderful health benefits of breast milk. Both have long nights of sleep. My husband got over it quick too; I joke that he could get more rest at work anyway than he could at home. And I’m here, with two little ones that seem hellbent on destroying everything in sight.
Our home is a sad sight. But I am taking great delight in this. It is giving me a new perspective on how much I do during the day when we are well. My kids are dressed. The toys are put away before new ones are pulled off the shelves. The bed is kind of made. And I lead lessons on whatever we have agreed to explore for the week.
It also confirms what a friend me, “You have to take care of yourself. If you don’t, the whole ship will go down.” We’ve been battling tight finances and the one thing I do outside of the home – tai chi class – was going to get cut. It was stressing me out. Where stress is, so too is dis-ease. And I started to sink.
But I have plenty of lifeboats around me. My tai chi instructor contacted me and offered me a “scholarship” to the next session. I have yet to redeem a gift of a massage from a talented healer friend. My neighbor is checking in on me. And my man and kids are on the mend. If I can get past this notion that I am the only person suffering in this snotty misery, then I am sure I will start to heal too.
I am signing off so I can go take a belated shower. Then I will dress the kids. Make the bed. And picture health.