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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

of eagles and puke

Morning came, as mornings do, and with it a question: Would Lexi be ready to go back to school after her umpteenth cough/fever combo? Or would I be ducking out of another field trip with Zack's class, leaving him seven year-old 'this is the worst thing EVER' sad?

Just add rain and no husband and I had the perfect storm.

Lexi had just decided to play it safe and stay home when I sat down quietly next to Zack to explain I wouldn't be able to make it when he yelped the most pathetic little yelp and she changed her mind. Girled up, if you will, with a little Advil and a hot shower.

It reminded me so much of what we Moms do - pushing through, trying not to let someone down - that I got a little choked up at her maturity.

Zack and I rode the bus down to the Water Resource center and learned about floods, and sturgeons and plants while a sweet little classmate turned my direction to heave, splattering his breakfast on my big black Danskos while I rubbed his back.

(A mother's work is never done.)

And we marveled at a Bald Eagle's nest, and soaked up the rainy May day that almost wasn't.

11 comments:

Lori said...

oh my! Maybe you should have stayed home after all! So sorry about your shoes. Hope Lexi did well at school - they never called me.

stephanie said...

Blessed Jesus, Mary, & Joseph. We need to get out of Dodge as soon as your man pulls into town Friday...

But what a great girl you've got there - mine wouldn't deliver the little forgotten paper box to her brother's class this morning. Maybe I'll tell her how kind Lexi was.

JCK said...

A mother's work is never done. Even for another child... Well said. You really need a vacation at Mrs. G's women's colony.

flutter said...

What a great girl she is

Cheri said...

That totally blows. No pun intended.

Jennifer H said...

How sweet that she pulled it together for her brother.

Rough going with the boy throwing up on you, though! I'm guessing this week can't be over soon enough for you.

brandy101 said...

Was the kid bus-sick? I hope its not yet ANOTHER virus going around your town/school!

Take care.

Saucy said...

Good Lord. Sick kids, rain, and vomit. Just another day. I am offering you a virtual saucy-tini to ease the pain.

Mrs. G. said...

Oh dear Lord, no. I hope it washes out.

Kimberly said...

Wow...poignant. And what a girl that Lexi is.

missburrows said...

see, that's another reason not to wear crocs...the throw-up would have gone through the holes!