You’re only as happy as your unhappiest child.
Is that how the saying goes? I suppose it would be easy to assume that this mostly applies to toddlers who have unacceptable bumps in theirs socks or pre-schoolers who absolutely MUST have a bowl of ice cream as big as their head, but that’s just not the case. Even when your kids are grown-up (if that is even a thing) or nearly grown-up, the adage rings true.
My kids are grown-up and nearly grown-up (with grown-up being a thing with them, from what I can see), but when they are not okay, it still weighs heavily… on me. It’s kind of like being a bit submerged as you go about your day. Some of the time you’re used to it and are managing okay – but are definitely feeling out of your depth. Other times the day feel so heavy you have to push through with all your might.
One kid is recovering from a painful operation. One kid is recovering from a painful experience. One kid has a painful cough but is actually okay in all other regards. It’s hard to make out who’s the least happy, but it’s good to note there are peaks and troughs in the general landscape of kid feelings… So there’s that.
The first kid is coming around for doses of chicken soup, couch time, cooking shows on telly and cups of tea. The second kid is texting for comfort food recipes and sending snaps of the resulting delicious meals. The last kid (actually lives here and) is lapping the kitchen looking for just the right thing to raise their spirits, through bleary eyes and rattly chest.
I hope everyone is on the mend super soon, but these things take their own time, don’t they?
It’s such a helpless feeling when you can’t fix things for your people, isn’t it? And don’t you just wish that you could go through the tough bits for them? The rules are… YOU CAN’T!
Love to you peaches. I am hoping that your people are okay! Onward!
Things I’m doing (when I’m not mildly freaking out on behalf of my kids)
Looking after an adorable cat while her parents are in Japan.
Watching Outlander. It’s the best.
Making chilli sauce! YUM!
Trying to sleep (it’s not working very well…) #HelloSleepDebt
Making cute crocheted squares (I will show you v soon, in case you fancy seeing!)
Seeing a few lovely friends
Reading The Crafty Gentleman