Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Unplanned one-on-one time

I had big plans for today - getting caught up with my laundry after company, cleaning up the house, and writing a thought-provoking post. Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Instead, I spent the morning with Allie (14) at the doctor. She's run a fever on and off since Friday, had a bit of a cough, but nothing alarming. Allie tends to be my drama queen, but really, she's been healthy as a horse. I can't even remember the last time I took her to the doctor for an illness. I was all ready for him to say, "It's nothing. That will be $150, please." Instead, he said, "She sounds terrible!" Then later, "This is pneumonia."

So three prescriptions later, we are home, glad that there's not a lot going on in school that's she's missed the last few days, and glad that we are taking care of this before Thanksgiving.

We were joking over lunch (she's well enough to eat a bit) that we've enjoyed this little "holiday" together - almost four whole days with the "bookend" children (Ruthie-3, the youngest, and Allie, the oldest). Yes, we've had some good conversations, but mostly, we've had the "quantity" time that's so hard to come by. We've just enjoyed each other's company without the distraction of lots of siblings, friends, text messages, or activities.

Like I said yesterday, sometimes these things just "happen," sometimes I can plan them, but other times, circumstances beyond our control force the issue. I don't really care. I'll take one-on-one time any way I can get it!

And now on to the laundry...

10 comments:

Tammy said...

I hope Allie is better soon. I love following your blog! I pray you enjoy Thanksgiving with your family! I'm constantly playing catch up in my laundry room so if you find a secret to really stay caught up, please share it! (ha!)

Terry said...

I hope your daughter feels better soon.

Jen said...

I hope she gains her strength and beats this quickly. Bless her heart. Miller had a small touch of this last December...it can be so scary. And yes...this is the time you need with her.....

Beck said...

Poor Allie. I hope she's starting to feel better tonight!

Lisa@Take90West said...

It sounds like the pnuemonia may have been a bit of a blessing in disguise in that it brought you some wonderful quality time.
Hope Allie is better soon!

Keri Ann said...

I bet that IS nice, having the "bookend kids" home with you by themselves. I'm sure I take for granted how simple life really is with just two children.

Funny, though, I was with you on the big plans for the day that didn't quite get fulfilled. I had lots to do in the 3 hours that my 3-year-old should have been at school. Unfortunately, we were up all night with tummy troubles related to her food allergies, and she spent the whole day recuperating. Ah, well. The best-laid plans...

Hope Allie is feeling better in time to enjoy the long holiday weekend!

Susanne said...

My goodness. Praying them meds kick in quickly and Allie gets better before Thanksgiving!

"Bookend kids". That's such a fun expression.

Katrina said...

Aw, I'm so sorry she has pneumonia...that's no fun. But I am glad you've been enjoying your time together. Sometimes those forced down-times are just what the doctor ordered -- for everyone involved!

Brenda said...

Poor baby. Glad she's feeling better before the holiday.

It is a blessing to be home with her for sure!

Laurel Wreath said...

I am sorry she was sick, but I have to say as a Mother when I lie down at night after a day like that....I LOVE IT. It was like the Lord blessed you with special time, with one child. May each child have a day like that (just not sick, hehe)