I think that one of the hardest parts of motherhood (and fatherhood, for that matter, too) is that there are no breaks….. it never stops.
Today I was reminded of that reality. There is a cough/ fever that has been running through our home (nothing major, just annoying) and my girls were so kind as to share their germs with me. (Why is it that they will freely share their germs, but not their chocolate???) Anyhow, so I am now experiencing what they had about a week ago.
Truth be told, I have had worse, but it is hard to drag myself out of bed with a fever to get the girls to camp… and they still need to be fed/ watered/ etc. I have been lucky because my partner has been home to help, but that ends tonight as my partner flies out-of-town to visit family. Friday’s are half days at summer camp…. I realized it is more effort to get out of bed and take them then to just bribe them with movies for the day and allow them to stay home…… I know, bad, but sometimes we have to be practical…. the good news is that my girls only felt really lousy for a few days with this thing, so I am assuming I will follow with a similar pattern.
We have to love and care for our kids no matter how we feel. There was a time when I was a single mom and this was so very difficult. When you need to nurture yourself, it is hard to maintain the pace that is required to really care for your children….. this happened on many occasions. When I was a single mom my daughter was really little (toddler) and I had to do everything for her…I remember once getting strep AND a cold at the same time…. I had no clue how I was going to manage…. to this day I am not really sure how I got her to her preschool every day….. I think I mustered up the strength knowing that I needed to place her there so that she could be taken care of so that I could come home and sleep to get better……. Reach out to those single moms in your life, it is not easy for them!
Today, 230 days ’til 40, I am reminded that a mother’s job is 24/7….. it never ends…. which is, mostly, a good thing.