Something happened today.
Something so rare, so out of the ordinary, that you might have a better chance at winning the lottery.
Today, I had an honest to goodness sick day.
So what is a sick day?
According to wiki, it is:
- A paid personal day intended to be used due to illness either for recuperation or medical treatment.
While in theory this is factually accurate, it does not pertain to my (and many of our) situations: that of a Stay At Home Parent.
Instead, this is what it should say:
- Typically an unpaid day just like every other intended to be used due to illness either for recuperation or medical treatment, but in actuality involves taking care of your child/ren like you do every day and resorting to using the television to baby-sit for you. If any child is under two, you’re screwed.
- A rare event – like a snowstorm in Miami – where the working spouse STAYS HOME and actually TAKES CARE of the children with minimal if any effort fromsick SAHP. Allows the exhausted SAHP to sleep in (after a horrible night of tossing and turning with every muscle down to their toes aching), lay in bed, and read the occasional blog when their headache isn’t threatening to explode their sinuses.
While SAHP might be called upon to help, this is minimal and typically only when one child has melted down or needs to be put down for a nap. Or to jog working parent’s memory of where he could have possibly left the baby girl’s shoes earlier in the morning because he doesn’t have A Typical Place for Everything and lets her eat her socks. But mostly, SAHP can rest and take it easy.
So today.. I got to experience definition #2, for the first time since I was Six Weeks Pregnant With the Flu And Had a Two Year Old where I received exactly ONE of these sick days, followed by six more of the first definition. Followed by morning sickness.
I would like to thank CG for giving me today. Because I needed it.
Here’s hoping tonight/tomorrow is greatly improved and that The Headache That Feels Like I Spent All Night at Fight Club and Was Bludgeoned Repeatedly does not return.
Because I don’t think I’ve ever had two observed sick days in a row since I’ve become a Stay at Home Mom. And if I did, I was too sick to remember….