It’s all fun and games until someone hacks up a lung.

I am now a pro at these.

I am now a pro at these.

“She is clothed with strength (necessary for playing round after round of Yahtzee Jr.) and dignity (for when she loses to her preschooler); she can laugh at the days to come (because her kids are so darned funny!)…Her children arise and call her blessed (i sure hope so because i was getting tired of playing games!)” – a Mommy’s paraphrase of Proverbs 31:25, 28

Staying home with sick children is not usually fun.  They’re whiny.  They’re sweaty and gross from the fever.  They may be leaving you lots of disgusting thing to clean up all over the house.  Not to mention that you’re worried about catching whatever they have, and then wondering, “Who will take care of me?”

The up side is that when they feel better, you can actually enjoy the time you have with them.  As a working mom, i often feel guilty about the amount of quality time i have with my kids.  i wonder, “What kind of memories am i leaving them with?  When they’re my age, what will they remember about me?”

The point is, you can make memories with them any time – you just have to make the effort.  So, while i needed to clean the bathrooms, wash 43 loads of laundry, and take a shower, i opted for 14 rounds of Yahtzee Jr., four games of Speed Trouble, two of plain-jane Trouble, and two games of Sorry.

i got to enjoy watching The Baby shaking the cup of dice on his turns, and pretending to on mine.  i got to delight in the fact that he can count, evidenced as he moved his playing pieces around the board.  and i got to see that precious smile and hear his sweet giggle.

Until it was drowned out by the sound of The King coughing his head off in the other room because he was too cool to play with us. :-)

i had to fight the urge to tell them to hurry up with their turn because i needed to check on the beans.  i hated turning them down for another game when after two hours i simply had to get something accomplished so my head wouldn’t explode.

Sometimes, we just have to put ourselves aside serve those around us instead.  It will pay off.  Hopefully, when my kids are grown and home with my sick grandkids, they’ll remember that Mom took the time to hang out and play games with them, even when they were germy!


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