I got up early this morning. It was 4.30 am when I took my stuffed-up head and padded out to the kitchen in search of tea and medicine.

Three fluffy cat bodies weaved around my legs as I shivered my way over the cold floor tiles towards the kettle. I ignored the cats' persistent mews for an early breakfast while I waited for the water to boil. Then, with tea in hand,  I turned off the light and felt my way back to bed.

It was late when I woke up the second time. Sophie came to visit me.

"You're still in bed, Mum!"

"I was tired..."

"You're not well. You need to rest. No need to get up. I'll get you some breakfast."

She had a delighted smile on her face as she left my bedroom. She likes helping me. When I let her. Yes, I'm one of those annoying people who keep on going even when they don't need to. I'm not an easy person to look after. I especially don't like lying late in bed.

But this morning, I did what I was told. I lingered under my thick quilt, ate hot creamy porridge, sipped more tea and crunched up a couple of paracetamol tablets. Yes, I let Sophie help me, and I enjoyed it.

There was a second reason I lingered in bed: I didn't want to face my wardrobe. It's looking rather empty at the moment. All my knitwear appears to be in the washing pile. I really must do something about that. When I'm better.

It's good to let people help us, isn't it? It makes it easier for them, in their turn, to accept our help. So if anyone wants to help me wash my clothes, do you think I should let them?

Image: There's a whippet in the bed! by Lachlan Hardy(CC BY 2.0)


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  1. Oh, poor Sue! And blessed Sue, too! I hope you feel better and someone gets to your laundry. I forget that it's winter there, but just think, one more month and it will be spring! :)

    1. Wendy,

      I am indeed blessed. I might be unwell, but I'm being well looked after! Spring! Oh, yes, I'm looking forward to the warmer weather. It's been a cold winter (for us). Did you hear we had snow a couple of weeks ago? Nothing like your snow, but exciting for us!

  2. Absolutely let someone help you. There is fun in doing laundry with a loved one. I hope you feel better soon, Sue.

    1. Susie,

      Thank you! I'm feeling a lot better today. The laundry still needs doing, but we'll get there. I'm sure I'll find someone to help me!

  3. Yes! Let someone help you wash your clothes! And get well soon... please??!

    1. Nancy,

      I feel better just reading your comment. Thank you! It's hard to slow down and accept illness when we have lots we want to do. But maybe forced breaks from our everyday routine are good for us. Time out to think and rest. Anyway, I'm feeling much better today!

  4. I'm guessing you would be feeling better by now, at least I hope so!
    It's wonderful to be looked after every now and then, and being sick is a good reminder that we need to lean on God and the people he has surrounded us with. I also feel a refreshed enthusiasm and gratefulness after recovering :)

    1. Kelly,

      Yes, I am better, thank you! Oh you are so right: We can get too used to relying on ourselves. It's humbling to be in a position where we need help. When we are surrounded by loving family being helped is indeed wonderful. While I was sick I couldn't imagine having the energy or enthusiasm for anything ever again. But of course, these returned as I got better. I am so glad to be well and active once again! God bless you!


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