There it was in my inbox: The email that all parents dread receiving while at work.
Maxwell was sick and needed to go home.
My mind raced as I quickly communicated with my husband (Kwabs) about who would leave work early to get him. Both Kwabs and I had important meetings scheduled and my boss was out of the office-so I was effectively in charge in her absence. I must admit that my first inclination was to ask the teacher if Max was still breathing and had a pulse and, if so, tell her he was perfectly fine and could stay at school. I can’t count the number of times either my husband or I have picked him up early only to discover that, upon our arrival home, he had been miraculously healed by watching cartoons.
But of course, like all good parents, we made arrangements to pick up our dear son. For 3 days, with each proclamation that it was time for school, poor Max retorted that he was still sick: But his health saw marked improvement each afternoon! What can I say…cartoons work better than pharmaceutical drugs! In fact, I think that the next time I’m feeling under the weather I will simply stay in bed and watch back-to-back episodes of Wild Kratts!
In the midst of finagling my schedule to both care for Max and keep my job, I managed to have another sewing lesson and complete a new design. I am extremely proud of this skirt because I was able to do it in two evenings (which amounts to about 3 hours of work). This creation is dedicated to my sweet, conveniently sick child, Max, who constantly reminds me that rain or shine, in sickness or in health I still have to remain committed to what’s important. That includes my family and my creative passions.
What do you think of the skirt? Are you also juggling a million things? I encourage you to find time for yourself-and if all else fails at least find time to watch cartoons…they have healing powers! Just ask Max.