The cuckoo strikes midnight, yet here I sit, sipping a cozy peppermint tea. As I write, we are just barely emerging (mostly unscathed) from a six-day long skirmish with the dreaded stomach bug.
All. Six. Of. Us.
To be perfectly honest, it was ghastly. We never get sick. I was unprepared.
I got to do all those lovely “mom” things that no one in their right mind would ever do for another person, other than for the simple fact that they are for the ones they treasure most.
I stroked feverish foreheads, poured extra rounds of ginger ale, and held back golden curls during the worst of it all. I scrubbed carpets and rugs and did absolutely preposterous amounts of laundry. The Man took care of me. And I took care of him. And somehow we all survived.
All. Six. Of. Us.
We did not sleep much and watched entirely too much TV. And there was so much time to cradle my sick, sleeping lovelies and think.
So. Much. Thinking.
1. Peanut is 9 1/2. Which is over halfway to 18. Which is when she will leave me to seek her fortune in this wild, wild world. *sigh* Am I doing enough to carve out the strong, courageous woman inside of her? 8 1/2 more years to get it right. (Tissue, please.) And cuddles. I will hold her as long as she will let me and then some.
2. Ladybug loves to love. She craves closeness. She needs it. Like oxygen. Note to self: More cuddling. No matter the pestilence, unrest, or tempers lost, at the end of the day… cuddles.
3. Lovey needs me. She is vivacious, cunning, and seemingly out-of-control, but ultimately, she is only four. And I need her, too. She makes me smile when I need it most. Conclusion: Cuddles. (If I can catch her).
4. Cupcake is oh-so-squishy. She giggles and squeals and claps with her feet. She holds my heart and she is so cuddle-licious.
My heart is happy. My four ladies leave me little time for anything else but them, yet it seems I still can’t get enough. I want to scoop them up in my arms and just hold them forever and a day.
I am tempted to say that the break from full-throttle-life was oddly refreshing. Almost cleansing. There are many things left undone from such an extended quarantine, but alas it’s a fresh week. And we are well.
All. Is. Well.
Love & Coffee.