They've had stuffy noses for a week.
Sore throats. Hoarse voices.
A bit of achiness and one complains that her ear hurts.
One of those viral rashes that feels like sandpaper rash all over their bodies.
I've even heard a bit of coughing in the week hours of the morning.
They aren't, like, super sick. I just got home after dropping them off at school today.
Still sleeping at night.
Laughing and playing and interested in life, once they get going.
But yesterday morning, both little girls woke up still tired (even though they were in bed the night before far earlier than normal), clearly under-the-weather, huge dark circles around their eyes, scratchy, nasal voices. Both just seemed weak.
Could they have gone to school?
Probably. And they would have had good days... done fine.
But I decided to keep them home, to let them rest, to not make their brains work so hard in a second language all day long (even though that is only barely a factor any more), to let them enjoy YouTube Disney music videos and Pentatonix covers, to snuggle in bed and read, to eat a warm, fresh made lunch, to take a two hour nap...
Because it is when we are weak, we are more vulnerable...
Would it have been a wrong decision to send them to school? I don't think so.
Was it a good decision to keep them home?
I think so.
We had a delightful day together. I don't often have those opportunities any more.
Opportunities to care for my sick babies.
One of my Michigan bigs is sick... and I can't be there to pull the covers up around her, run to the store and pick up some NyQuil or make her a cup of Throat Coat tea if she asks.
One of my other Michigan bigs recently had an abcess near his eye. He looked like he'd gone a few rounds in a boxing ring and definitely came out worse for the wear. It kept him out of classes and work for a few days. Doctors orders. And I couldn't be there to drive him to see the doctor, to take him back for his recheck or to make sure he was eating healthy while his body was trying to heal.
I'm always worrying, at least a little, about my Iowa gal. Asthma, dorm life in a state where influenza counts are currently moderate to high and needing to refill her epi-pen because it is expired but waiting since they are expensive and she probably won't need it (yellow jackets) for at least a few more months. Those are plenty of reasons to keep me wondering about her and how she is doing, physical health-wise.
A younger mama, I might have insisted that my two littlest girlies go to school yesterday. Catching up is hard; it is that much harder in your second language.
I'm guessing I'll be taking advantage of those not always necessary opportunities brought about about by weakness - to slow down, stop, change my plans and care for those chunks of my heart that are always out and about, wandering around outside my body - a bit more often than I used to.
|Back before they started to leave the nest|
Perhaps the nostalgia I so often claim doesn't usually affect me has made me a little weak-kneed as I think about this kids God has gifted me.