Monday, October 08, 2007

over easy

They are amazing in their resiliency. So sick and then once starting on the mend, the bad parts forgotten. I don't as easily forget, spending the day and night ever watchful, looking for a sign that things are getting worse and refusing to believe they are getting better. But yet as swiftly as she was ill she has turned a corner and is making her way back to health. Not all the way better but yet not getting worse no matter how hard I scrutinize it otherwise. Her joy is returning and the horrors of the night forgotten completely.

I learn so much from her in this way. How her perception is so fully wrapped up in the moment and when the moment changes so does her reaction. The bad things slip away and make way for joy. I'd go far, I think to myself, if I walked through life like she does. Fully embracing the now. Not dwelling on the was. Enjoying the moment.

Thank you for your well wishes.

40 comments:

urban-urchin said...

SO glad she's feeling better!

thailandchani said...

That's an amazing lesson and important lesson to learn from her. As adults, we get far too invested in examining every contingency, planning for it, guarding against it and we forget the simple truth that this moment is all we have anyway.


Peace,

~Chani
http://thailandgal.blogspot.com

mitzh said...

Glad to know she's OK now. M's really gorgeous!

And I agree life will be much easier if we see life the way children sees it.

Have a wonderful week, Jen. Take care and hugs to M.

cinnamon gurl said...

Late to the news but glad she's better. It IS so scary when they're sick.

Tabba said...

You said so much in this wee post.
And how it resonates.

You are such a wonderful momma and she is such an awesome kid.

gawd, that pic....priceless.

carrie said...

Just look at her, sitting there reading a novel, not a care in the world . . .

You are doing such a great job with her, as she is with you.

Glad she's feeling better!

crazymumma said...

Ah. I am glad she is on the mend, and you probably have a new grey hair.

I always find after a fever, they make a cognitive leap. New word, concept. Something.

jennifer said...

We can learn so much from children. Mine regularly remind me to be free, to go for it, to get over it, to forget, and so much more.

kristen said...

i'm glad she's better. and the sunglasses for reading, how lovely.

jen said...

Mum, cognitive leap, indeed. you'll note that in the picture she's reading one of my novels now, in fact. :)

Kyla said...

So glad she is on the mend.

Lawyer Mama said...

I so wish I could live like that too.

I'm glad to hear she's doing better. Little H is on the mend too and running around the house like a maniac. It's hard to believe he was ever sick.

Beck said...

I'm glad she's feeling better - what a cute little munchkin.

flutter said...

Her little face makes me smile.

Amy York said...

It's so interesting to me... how much we have to teach our children but then how much we learn from them along the way. So unexpected.

Glad she's feeling better!

ewe are here said...

Awwww, your lovely one should meet MF. He, too, likes to sit around in his sunglasses in the house...
;-)

Her Grace said...

Love that picture. So cute.

I had the stomach flu the same time as my older daughter. While she was up and playing between bouts, I laid on the couch, unable to move. They are so strong, so fearless.

painted maypole said...

if only we could all be on a bed of lush blankets, looking cool in our shades, and reading a good book.

Glad she is on the mend. And you are so right. What a good lesson to strive to learn from out children.

bgirl said...

so glad she is feeling better and imparts her beautiful way of being on you.

lucky lucky we moms are.

slouching mom said...

She's precious.

And you're so right.

Queen of the Mayhem said...

I wish I could live in the moment.

If only we could all forget the bad stuff so quickly!

Hope she continues to feel better!

theflyingmum said...

Oh, I know, I know, I know SO well those dreaded wonderings when your child is sick. And Oh, when the medicine comes right back up - how utterly helpless you feel , like the ONE THING we can do, thanks to modern medicine, doesn't work. Glad to hear she (and you) are doing better. It's that time of year, I guess. Ben's had two rounds of virus already - TWO! I blame it on the exposure to a new batch of kids at school. Seems to happen every time.

Karen - Illinois said...

You're an incredible mom... AND human being. I celebrate your joy.

Ally said...

These wee ones teach us so much, don't they? This is so true, and so well-timed for me to read, as I sit here stewing about a work-related event that happened hours ago. Begone anger! Welcome, joy!

Pgoodness said...

Enjoying the moment...yes, that would be a nice way to live wouldn't it...
Glad she's feeling better.

KC said...

jen, I SO love seeing pictures of her.

Erikson called it the "childlike" quality, right? Something many adults lose but some can manage to hold onto: getting lost in the moment, really sensing things, being filled with childlike wonder. We all try to be like this sometimes.

FENICLE said...

I hate when our little guy is sick. It's so pitiful! He actually came down with bronchitis this weekend...so I'm right there with ya!

Hope she fells 100% soon.

Christine said...

she is such a little doll baby!

Susanne said...

I'm really glad she is feeling better. The downside to only living in the moment is when they feel horrible and feel like it will never end... But yeah, I try to learn not to live in the past (or the future) too much too.

Casdok said...

We have much to learn from children.

kgirl said...

So glad she's feeling better - they really do know how to get on with it, don't they? It's considerably harder on mom.

Kelly said...

Their little bodies get so battered, so quickly, by those nasty germs. But they also get better so quickly too, turning a corner while we'd still be huddled shivering in bed.

Love that photo...

QT said...

She IS a doll!!! Glad she is getting better, friend. I think it is going around, there are a lot of people out with sick kids this week.

Aliki2006 said...

I missed your post yesterday but I am so glad she's on the mend.

Catherine said...

They ARE resilient - that aways amazes me too. I've been here before, I know, but I'm glad to be back.

I came here via your comment on Thailand Chani's "Heaven or Reincarnation" post. The question and comments so fascinated me that I wrote a post about it. I'd love your feedback - you can find it here

Nice to "meet" you. :)

catherine

Janet said...

She's still suffering from some light sensitivity though, judging by the shades. ;-)

I kid. She's gorgeous. And I love the lessons you take from her illness.

Wayfarer Scientista said...

yay M!

laundrylessons said...

Ahh, I'd love to live just a few more days as a child.

This is my first visit...I'll stop back!]

Kathy
www.lessonsfromthelaundry.com

nomotherearth said...

So glad to hear she's feeling better! And so sorry I missed the first post...

If kids teach us anything worth learning - and they do - the best of all is how to live in the moment.

Momish said...

Glad to hear M is feeling better. I love the pic, so savvy! I can hear your sigh of relief from here, friend. Amazing is an understatement!