My Mom came down on Tuesday, providing me with a much needed respite. When she left last week I had hoped that I was recovered enough to be completely independent. It turns out that I was incorrect. I struggled with just about everything, from changing diapers to those all-too-frequent middle of the night feedings. By the time the weekend closed I was running on empty, and it became clear that I needed reinforcements.
This time my Mom did not come alone; she
brought my nephew Jared. Jared is seven years old and is similar to
Robby in both personality and interests. Despite their similarities,
they haven't had the opportunity to bond and become friends. Family
functions are often congested and confusing affairs, allowing for a lot
of socialization but very little dedicated playtime. I was glad that the
cousins were finally going to have the opportunity to get to know each
Robby has many wonderful traits, but learning and
remembering names is not among them. Instead of putting forth the effort
to remember the individual's name, he resorts to referring to everybody
as "dude." Jared was at our house for two days, without his siblings,
yet Robby still could not remember his name and opted to call him Dude
for the entire visit.
Despite not caring about his name, Robby
and Dude had a great visit. The two cousins quickly became friends,
bonding over Plants vs. Zombies, Minecraft and swimming at our pool.
Watching Robby play and have fun was the best distraction from my own
recovery anxieties. It is impossible to be depressed when you are
surrounded by mischievous giggles and the banter between young friends.
Mom took charge with Timmy, allowing me more time to rest and heal. I
slept soundly through both nights, waking up feeling stronger each day.
My fever is finally breaking, and my fighting spirit is returning. I am
beginning to think that I just needed a little more motherly TLC to
hasten my recovery.