I'm sick this week. I have the stomach flu and have been feeling pretty awful for about four days. These four days just happen to coincide with the kids' mid-winter break and two snow days, so all four of the kids have been at home with me almost the entire time I've been feeling like this.
I have been very blessed to not get sick very often, so I didn't realize the emotions that would come up from this experience.
When I feel sick like this, and work to take care of my kids, I feel so much sympathy and empathy for what Sue went through. It is HARD to take care of kids when you feel so terrible. She felt like this, or actually worse than this, for YEARS. How did she do that? How on earth was she able to be a mother to her children at all during those years? I'm in awe of my sister.
Today my heart is filled with so much gratitude that I am getting better, feeling stronger from this mild illness by the hour. I'm so lucky to have a functioning immune system. I am so fortunate that I have the opportunity to raise my kids as a healthy person.