The plague of unwell descended on our home last week. I’m waiting for someone to come and mark a big black cross on the door.
It has been the plague of cough cough cough and sniff sniff sniff for the kids with added headcold induced vertigo for me. Not to mention the husband who has barely left the bedroom in 2 days.
None of the kids have been sick enough to be sleepy or happy to lie still and quiet all day, but they have been sick enough to be kept home a lot.
Immune systems are working overtime which means double the “I’m hungry!”s. The boredom level is high, the patience levels are low.
Tempers are frayed.
Listening to three kids coughing and sniffing in stereo for a week and not being able to take our cranky selves out for a day is making me like Jack Torrance in The Shining.
All coughing and no socializing makes Jack a dull boy.
I get it though. We’re all tired and run down. We’ve had busy holidays, visitors, plans and so many things on over the last month. The food we’ve been eating a lot of isn’t exactly what I’d describe as nourishing. There have been a lot of late nights and not a lot of sunshine in the daytime.
A perfect storm really.
And maybe we just need a week to chill out. To wear our pjs all
day week and for me to leave my bra in the drawer. A week for the kiddos to get reacquainted with their toys and have a Harry Potter marathon. For me to have time at home to make lamb shank stew (I did, it was so good) and nut bars (THESE are so good!) and big, bacon-y breakfasts.
I’ve had time to decompress and to reassess some stuff, which is hard to do when you’re always on the go, and I’ll take any extra time with my husband I can get. Even if he is whiny when he’s sick (I say that with love, and to his face as well).
Maybe the plague isn’t all bad.
We’ll keep drinking the foul herbal concoctions my naturopath sent, we’ll put our feet up and ride it out.
Tomorrow the forecast is for sunshine and I’m washing all the infected sheets and opening ALL the windows.
I might even put a bra on and go for a walk.
For now, it’s time for another lemon tea..