Sometimes we make these beautiful perfect plans and then we have to cancel them or change them or the entire trip is in a state of flux.
It hasn’t been the easiest winter with the children passing around viruses of every sort.
Today we were supposed to be enjoying Santa Cruz with it’s beaches and boardwalks, its hippies and eclectic atmosphere. I was going to bring my Birkenstocks and fit right in. Maybe some tie die too.
But this past week we have been passing around the stomach flu. Preston and Elsa had it mildly. Poor V got the bug badly and has been sick for days barfing and moaning in discomfort. I wish she had gotten a cold instead because she cannot afford to lose anymore calories.
V woke up this morning with a big smile on her face, ready to go have an adventure and put this messy stomach flu behind her forever. Then she got up and barfed.
We may still make it to Santa Cruz for a shortened version of a spring break trip, or we may not. Our bags are packed in case V wakes up and feels better tomorrow.
Her sibs did their best to make her feel loved and comfortable.
Today we were making the most of our time at home because sometimes plans change and I won’t let it make me miserable. Chris took the kids out on a beautiful bike ride and picnic.
V and I stayed home reading books and watching the movie Annie. The old version. She doesn’t have to concern herself with the fact that Mrs. Hannigan is a drunk old bitch with a chip on her shoulder who tries to seduce Mr. Warbucks. Or that someone throws a bomb in Mr. Warbucks office to blow them all to smithereens but Punjab saves them. Never mind that they say god dammit several times throughout the movie; my kids know that word. Or that Annie gets kidnapped by very bad people who want to kill her so she climbs to a frightening height and if she falls she will splat to her death. None of that matters. V is enjoying the singing. And Sandy the dog.
Tonight she read her book by lamplight and nobody even told her to do such a calm and quiet exercise. She just did.
My kids got sick. My plans changed. My trip may be gone before it ever happened. The sky was blue and the sun was out. The citrus trees are in bloom and the smell was sweet and delicious. We will make the most of what we have in life at this very moment.
Today felt like a warm blanket of peace surrounded me. I wish that it would stay forever.
Until next time, the mothership is signing off.