Mom's don't get sick. Right?
Because when they do? The whole world collapses.
Yesterday afternoon, I was cold and so I laid on the couch under a comforter. Olivia climbed on top of me and perched there gazing lovingly at herself in the mirror on the wall behind the couch.
Fifteen minutes after I laid down, Olivia chirped, "Daddy's home!"
Yay, I thought with relief, now she can get off me and my hips won't hurt so much.
Alyssa had been watching Underdog all morning and into the afternoon. I hadn't ventured into the family room where she was watching because I was too busy trying to get warm. After an hour on the couch, I got up and sort of limped up the stairs in search of a second blanket.
When Tom came in, he took one look at me and offered to get the girls something to eat.
I fell asleep.
Three hours after lying down, I felt Tom put another blanket on me, in hopes of stopping the chattering of my teeth so he could hear the television.
He's my hero.
At 8:30, I dragged myself and Olivia, who'd crawled on top of me at some point and fallen asleep, off the couch and up the stairs, where I heaved and gasped for breath before laying down and tossing and turning all night long.
It was miserable. Each time I moved, Olivia woke up and whined that I wasn't holding her.
I dragged myself out of bed this morning and upon decending the stairs, I found that even six hours of 'sick' time, leaves my family free to destroy our house.
The sink was overflowing in the sink, there were three million stuffed animals in three different piles strewn across the family room, the three blankets that had warmed me the evening before were strewn across the floor where I'd left them when I'd limped up the stairs.
In short, the house looked like it had gone several weeks without anyone picking up a single things from the floor.
This is why mom's don't get sick. Because nothing gets done and by the time someone comes along to clean it all up, it's almost too overwhelming to even contemplate.
But I will brace myself this afternoon after work, roll up my sleeves and get it all done. Because I'm a mom and I never get sick.