Then, yesterday, I woke up feeling like crud: my throat was on fire, my head ached, I had a fever and chills, I was congested-- the works. Not fun. (I feel MUCH better today, thankfully!) So, I did something I haven't done since the last time I was really sick, which I think was quite some time ago: I laid around on the couch ALL DAY. Of course, my children did need to be taken care of, but other than that, I was a complete vegetable. And while it was not pleasant not feeling well, in some ways it was a welcome break. As a mom, I almost never allow myself to just lay around during the day, even during their naptimes. There is always something else that could be done, it seems, and it is hard not to feel guilty or lazy just relaxing in the middle of the day-- even though we all need to do that every once in a while. (I know you other moms and stay-at-home girls can most likely identify with this!) Being sick forced me to be lazy, and I would be lying if I said a small part of my sick little self did not enjoy having a valid excuse to do just that.
So what did I do to pass the hours on our comfy blue couch? I watched TV. I thought about reading and feeling somewhat productive, but my head hurt too much to think. Instead, I found myself in a world of black and white, with mothers in house-dresses and kids who say things like "Gee, that's swell!". The time flew by with episode after episode of Leave it to Beaver, I Love Lucy, Beverly Hillbillies, and Bewitched. Old TV is so fun to watch; I just love it, for lots of different reasons. The clothes, the lovable characters, the settings, the wholesomeness, the funny storylines-- it's a perfect combination. Of course, I am a sucker for anything vintage, and I guess that carries over into TV and movies as well.
Between sleeping and the old TV shows, my sick day actually went by pretty quickly. And today I am back to my regular duties...Which is a very good thing, considering how messy my house got after just one lazy do-nothing day. Isn't it amazing how quickly that can happen?