Anticipating motherhood, you expect there will be things you are going to miss – travel, adventure, spontaneity. But actually it’s the simpler pleasures that you wind up pining away for. Things like a solitary meal or being able to actually stay in bed when you’re sick.
That’s why I really treasure days like today. Yesterday, Friday, I was feverish with kids. Today my husband was able to take them, and I was free to lie in bed, read, and notice the things around me. From time to time Solvi would bring me something: a “get well” lego structure she made or some dolls to keep me company. But mostly I was alone. Alone.
After meeting up at the beach, Chad and the kids came home with my friend Al and the girls. Hubbub ensued below me while I stayed tucked away upstairs under the eaves. At some point Al brought up a pot of mint tea, made with leaves from my own herb patch, and a touch of honey. Delicious. As well as a tiny chamomile flower picked by Solvi. Smile.
It’s so rare that I get a whole day to myself like this. So even if it means I have to be sick, I’ll treasure it for all it’s worth.