I woke up this morning to the screaming of my house phone. I didn’t know what was happening as my dreams were fighting with reality and I was struggling to figure out which was which. As I scrambled off the couch, I worked hard to figure out where the phone was as I simultaneously tried to keep my balance. I was so sick I thought I was going fall over. My body was wet with perspiration, my head & face hurt, I was coughing like an old woman with emphysema and I still had body aches. When I found the phone, I was more happy to stop the ringing than I was to find out who was calling.
It turned out to be my father on the other line, checking in to see how I was doing and if I was going to work today. It was 8 o’clock. Why hadn’t my alarm gone off? The night before, I had asked my daughter to turn my alarm on. She had some trouble with it so I went in to check that the right time was set for it to wail. It wasn’t the right time so I fixed it but I didn’t look to see if she had mistakenly changed the current time.. Ahhh…that’s what went wrong. Note to self, I need to teach my 10 year old how to use an alarm clock. Preferably when I’m not deliriously sick. Thank God, her Grandpa was willing to drop her off at school. Thank God, I have such supportive parents.
As I started making her sandwich, Makayla told me in her chipper way, “I thought I wanted to stay home to take care of you today, but I’m really happy I’m going to school! I’m really happy I’m going to school for 2 reasons! Do you wanna know what they are?! One, it’s Manny Monday, that means my class gets to see a new picture of baby Manny on the Classroom Dojo that Mrs. Ruiz sends. Also, I won’t miss the next chapter in Wonder that Mrs. Pelaz is going to read and on Monday we do a craft. OH! And we have PE today!”
“I’m so glad you have such great teachers and that you love the things you’re doing in school. You’re kinda making me wish I was in the fifth grade again, ” I chuckled, not mentioning that she actually gave me 4 fantastic reasons to go to school. Her joy and excitement was so contagious, I couldn’t help but give her a kiss on her forehead and a side-ways hug. She has the amazing ability to make me smile and remember the lovable things about life even when I’m sick.