Yesterday I was sick. While I felt pretty miserable, there is a gift that comes with being sick. It comes in letting housework go, in letting everything go, and simply being present. Being sick always makes me extra grateful for how good I normally feel and for what a gift it is to have good health.
While spending much of the day on the couch and/or bed, I was deliciously present and connected to my sweet 4-year-old Anna. I watched, admired, and chatted with my little munchkin. I even took some pictures.
This is what we did:
she watched 4 (yes, that’s FOUR) movies while I laid on the couch
played with PlayDoh and chatted with me while I laid on the couch
she “read” me lots of books while I laid on the couch
she took a bath while I sat on the toilet (lid closed)
my sister, Annette (aka Auntie Daja) came for a visit to give Anna her birthday present (cute overalls and a skirt, which Anna promptly changed into, then out of, multiple times)
After Mia came home, they both eagerly got me things I needed and were so happy to take care of me, and so did their daddy.
I am not quite sure what Anna ate, but I guess I fed her here and there. And I watched her. I soaked her in.
Here are some pictures I took of our special day:
Today I am on the road to recovery. Fever and body aches are gone, though a very sore throat and painful ears and no appetite remain. Today I get the day to myself, to rest, sleep, and get well.
Alan took Anna to work with him and will bring her to his parents’ house over lunch. I have amazing people in my life.
I am grateful.