It’s probably for the best that I don’t get sick very often. While our culture pokes fun at men being big babies when it comes to having a cold, that’s not the case at my house. I’m the biggest baby of all when I have a cold, or worse. I look at it this way: if I don’t feel sorry for myself, who will? Hey, mom’s head hurts, her throat is sore, her nose is stuffed up, yadda yadda, but why can’t she still make us dinner, help with schoolwork, tell us where she hid the cookies, listen to our outlined detail of the minecraft game we’re going to create when we’re grown up, can I have another apple, do I have to take a bath, the kitties did the cutest thing just now and I’m going to tell you all about it, where are my shoes, when I wrap the blanket around my shoulders it looks like I have a cape, Mommy why did you go to bed so early…
My household is usually a loud, barely-controlled chaos on a good day. When I’m sick, the chaos doesn’t change. The show must go on, as they say in the theatre world, and the show which is my household must also continue. So, when I don’t feel 100%, there isn’t as much sympathy coming from others as I would like to see. Hence, the self-pity. Which usually leads to sulking. Which leads to resentment. Which leads to crabbiness. Which leads to Mommy stomping off to bed in hopes of speeding the recovery time. Hey, I never said I was mature about it.
So, yes, it is probably best that I don’t get sick very often. Because I want to help with schoolwork and dole out cookies and hear about the latest minecraft endeavor and watch the cute kitty antics and see the blanket-cape… Because these are the things which make me happy.
For this reason, (and unlike my fellow wranglers) I don’t have any favorite things to do when I’m sick, unless you count “be miserable,” “feel sorry for myself,” and “count the moments until I’m well again.” I'm not saying they enjoy being sick. Perhaps they are simply more productive than I am when under the weather. How can I be productive, when I'm so busy amassing self-pity?
So, I'm off to pop a vitamin C tablet and wash my hands. And I wish everyone a healthier week!