Sick days

Sick day

My son Sam has been sick for the past couple of days. Parents of young children know that, unless they have a miraculous childcare arrangement, sick days for kids mean that the parents are basically sick too (often literally).

Instead of the things I had planned to do:

  • Going for a run
  • Cleaning up the kitchen
  • Helping people build a website (i.e. work)
  • Prepping some documents for our tax returns
  • Reading a little or maybe drawing

I did the following:

  • Played Jenga (and lost)
  • Created a pretend Minecraft build using Legos (and worked on my tie fighter)
  • Helped Sam take a nap (and fell asleep myself)
  • Read the entirety of book 4 of Diary of a Minecraft Zombie

These days were two of what seem like a thousand that my wife and I needed to just not do what we thought we were going to do.

It can be frustrating if you let it be.

But parenting is a neverending lesson in accepting what you can’t control.

There is nothing else to do but call in sick, give up your plans for the day, and grab a handful of Legos.

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