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Today and yesterday I’ve been sick. Not desperately, horribly sick, just sneezy and shivery and achey and, unusually for me, incredibly tired. So I have cancelled a few things, bought myself a big bag of organic fruit, berry juices and other nice foods that I think are good cold-and-flu-remedies. And I’ve been wrapped up warm in bed ever since, sleeping, writing a little bit, drinking lemongrass tea and listening to Ted Talks. Mostly just sleeping though.
I’ve heard this asked in a few different childfree groups and I have been wondering just the same thing – how do parents, especially of babies and young children, cope when they get sick? How does that even work? I’m trying to imagine what it must be like to try to meet even the barest minimum of parental obligation while feeling like this.
In doing so, I’m also making a mental note to drop round with lots of soups and juices this winter whenever I find out that one of my parent friends is sick, or worse, that terrible thing that seems to happen where an entire family all gets sick at the same time.
However, thinking about it has completely exhausted me again, so for now I am going back to sleep. Gratefully.
If you sometimes wonder about what life would be like as a parent you might enjoy this post about parenting in a parallel universe and if a restful lifestyle is something you particularly value about your own experience of non-motherhood, you might like this post about deep sleep.
But in the meantime, what about you? Do you ever find yourself reflecting gratefully on your lack of dependents when you are sick?
[The lovely image above of the sleeping angel is by Starry Diadem.
You can find more of her beautiful photography here.]