Crikey me, what a weekend!
I won't go into the gory details, but I tell you this, pox in the eyes, is the possibly the most torturous, heart breaking thing I've ever had to witness.
So round the house, are many potions and lotions, that are designed more for distraction than relief, it would seem; many cups of stone cold coffee; crumbs; half drunk juice drinks and various bits of craft activities started and left incomplete due to a lack of energy. In short one huge mess.
I am watching the smallest like a hawk, checking her 'trunk' every morning, ready for the wickedness of the pox. I am ready for you! I am a little more clued up now.
It is in times like these, when as a family you are all in it together, quite literally in this case quarantined, that you test your metal!
I have learnt so much from Mr B, who is endlessly gentle, thoughtful, comforting but certain. A wonderful, calming combination when poorly, perhaps a little scared and very much in discomfort. Perhaps he missed his calling? He seems to know just what to do in the dead of the night to ease a little soul. A cold compress for the eyes, a story, a cuddle.
I have learnt so much from Master B. He is stoic in his response to being poorly. On the announcement that he had the pox, I watched a brief look of fear, flicker across his face; watching him searching for a story to tell himself, some knowledge that would tell him that it would be ok.
"P_ had them too and my best friend L_. And V_ had them in France. Are they from France?'
With his usual gentle nature, he has even managed super human levels of patience in the face of a two year olds continuous questioning and need for play and her big brother.
I have learnt that there is a great deal of comfort to be given and gleaned in the phrase:
'I will look after you'
In all the scratching, discomfort, worry and very sleepless nights, there has been fragrant bowls of chicken soup;
cupcakes eaten in the rainy gloom, cuddled up with blankets, cups of tea and The Gruffalo on repeat.
There has also been patience, consideration and care... and lots of kisses. All of the nicest things in life.
N.B. if you have not seen the animated version of this book, please do at any opportunity, it is just beautiful!