It is one of the last warm days of the season. A sweet gift that Mother Nature placed gently in my lap with a pleasing smile and a little wink – because we know that this is the end of summery weather. Just around the New England corner it will turn chilly and well, you know what happens next. And don’t say ski-season – because I don’t ski.
Knowing that today was going to be warm and sunny and everything that I love, I had a day planned around this seasonal swan song. I wasn’t called into school to work, so I was going to get my house stuff done and out of the way and spend a good chunk of the day writing. And then – I was open. A walk and some yoga on the beach and then I was going to take the girls afterschool for ice cream downtown. My intention was to be productive and be outside. I was going to go to the beach – and be super fun mom with ice cream treats by the water on a warm, sunny day.
And then, I received the dreaded phone call from the school nurse.
“Hi Stephanie, this is the school nurse. I have Katie here. She threw up in class.”
“Really? My Katie? Are you sure?” (I could feel the nurse rolling her eyes at my question.)
“Yes, I’m sure. You should come get her.”
Of course I got her. And she was looking pale and pasty and droopy– nothing like the bouncy girl that I kissed goodbye on the lips an hour prior. She looked like a little girl who just barfed in a waste paper basket in her class – apparently her teacher had quick reflexes. (Thank You!)
As I helped her out of her dress, into PJ’s and settled her in on the couch with a blanket and the throw-up pot, I had to resist the internal urge to feel a little pissy about the situation. “Damn,” I thought to myself, “This is not how I envisioned my day. It is too gorgeous to be inside with a barfy daughter. Rats!” I mumbled and grumbled and tried to get over it. It’s not like she planned on getting sick to be a brat and ruin my plan to walk on the beach.
Isn’t this the beauty, the reason why I have a flexible job – so when I get the barf call I can drop anything and zip right over and scoop up my girl? Isn’t this part of my job description – no matter how beautiful the weather or planned out my day. Sometimes it all has to stop and I have to change everything I thought I was going to do. As I worked out my mood I came to realize that it is one of the aspects of parenting that I am good at – I am a flexible person. As much as I need to work on organizing I am very adept at being adapdable.