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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Enforced Time Off



I am not a "go with the flow" kind of person.  I thrive on lists and routine and order.  I like to know where I am and where I stand in most things.  My life is, obviously, God's way of teaching me patience.

We were supposed to start school back up today after a week off.  Saturday Jenna came down with strep throat.  We got her to the Dr. yesterday and she is now on meds and sick as a dog.  So much for school for at least a few days for her.  Rowan, we left doing school diligently and well yesterday to wake up in the middle of the night to distressed squeaking sounds.  I am waiting to hear back from the Dr. as to whether we have to drag her in or if she would call in meds due to the fact that Jenna has it.  There goes a few days for her. I often make them do school when they are sick but they are really sick this time, headaches, fevers, extremely painful throats and are just lying about, mostly napping.  I can only be so Draconian before it crosses a line I suppose.

The wood stove, which I left crackling away is now sullenly smoldering and I am out of kindling. I suspect the wood is still damp from yesterdays "wintry mix".

The floor is in desperate need of vacuuming but I have emptied by hand the one bag I have left 3 times already and I am not sure it's up for the abuse.

Without the need to be teaching one and nagging the other one, what will I do all day?  If I am doing their chores for them because they are ill, whatever will I have to rant about all day? 

  What to do in the face of my broken and battered routine?   I shall choose to embrace it.
I will be Florence Nightingale to my girls bringing ice pops, ibuprofen and allowing (and yes, I hate myself for it, don't judge) tv during the day.  I will answer every whimper with a soothing hand on their fevered brow and I will revel in it.

And I will vacuum anyway, the worst that can happen is it breaks and I get dust in the air.
And I WILL get the stove going as soon as I figure out what chairs I no longer need.

And I will joyfully and without guilt, spend my new found free time reading, face-booking, blogging, reading blogs and playing in general and I will love every minute of it.  I will make comfort foods and I will actually cook and not just throw things together.  I will catch up on reviews and friends and begin a new knitting project.  The day is just full of possibilities.

2 comments:

Ellen March 1, 2011 at 5:32 PM  

I can so relate! I have homeschooled for almost 10 years and this scenario never gets old!

Thanks for visiting me at A Season for All Things. I'm your newest follower (and fellow homeschooler)! Looking forward to reading more of your posts. ~ Ellen

Renae March 15, 2011 at 12:18 PM  

Good for you!

My kids were sick for a week and 1/2. We watched movies, read books, and yes, I cleaned a bit too. (I actually had almost all of the laundry done!) One day I did some organizing and redecorating.

I struggled a bit with the guilt, too, but it's all ebb and flow.

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