So, are you sick too? You have the stuffed nose? Headache? Lethargy? Lack of appetite? Lack of sleep because of the stuffed nose? No? Well, consider yourself warned, it seems to be going around.
I didn't feel good yesterday, but got myself off to work anyway because I had Things To Do. You know, things with deadlines, like tax forms and state reports and suchlike. Things I really cannot delegate, no matter how much I might like to.
When I got to work it was to find that another staffer was home sick, so I pitched in at the desk right away, and the first patron who walked up to the desk said "Oh, Heather, you don't look good!" And then told me work could wait, I should take care of myself first. Except for un-delegatable tasks with deadlines, I agree. I try not to offend people with my zombie-death-like-appearance unless it's truly necessary. I'd rather stay home and watch inane television. Really!
So I finished my undelegatable tasks and came home, and have been here ever since, except for running O to school this morning and then swinging by Kroger for diet ginger ale and soup. As I loaded stuff into my car and slammed the door, I thought about how grateful I am that, on days like today, Otto has somewhere fun to go instead of being stuck at home with me. I'm not sure I'd be a good stay-at-home mom. I think I'd be a lot better now, after seeing everything he does every day at day care. Art and free play and cooking and recess and storytime... not to mention playing with his classmates.
Maybe someday I'll have the chance to try it. I'd like to sign us up for swimming and music lessons, and actually go to storytime instead of hiring someone to hold it for other people's kids. I could even cultivate a cocktail-swilling play group! Doesn't that sound like fun? The only catch is this whole sick-day thing. If I could still have sick days, it would be perfect.
Yeah, I hear you other moms snorting. I'm sick, and this is my feverish fantasy, ok? Now, I'm going to try to sleep with a stuffed-up nose, which is harder than you might think. Wish me luck.