Daughter’s Fever

I cannot sleep, not yet. My daughter is sick and I hate sleeping while she is ill.

Earlier this hot evening I made her comfy on the big couch,
gathered her water bottle to hug or rest a flushed cheek on,
a washcloth for her brow, freshened with cool water every half hour or so,
a tall glass of water with a hot pink straw,
her red flashlight,
2 pillows,
a crisp cool sheet.. for underneath,
and the light throw from the back of the couch.

Now the waiting.

I watered the garden by myself at 8 p.m.,
tomatoes, beans, peppers, peas,
a potato plant is just popping through the straw!
checked on and petted the chicks in the yard pen,
covered them and tucked them in for the night,
gathered a few stray eggs from the coop,
Took a moment and enjoyed the quiet coolness of day’s end,

No, I will not sleep just yet. I will stay up awhile and wait.
Wait for my beautiful girl to feel cooler,
while she sleeps stretched on the long couch,
and I sleep with feet hanging off of the short loveseat.


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Henrietta Newman is a self-loving empty-nester into smudging, nature, yoga, fitness, healthy living, hunting, camping, hiking, tech, video games, gadgets, recipes, reviews and more.
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  1. 1

    I hate it when I can't sleep. It sounds like your a great mother.

  2. 2
    Herbalife Las Vegas says

    Your garden sounds soo good! I hope your daughter gets better!

  3. 3
    frugal southern mom says

    Hey I hope she is feeling better soon,I never could sleep either when Lauren was sick. Hope she is up and about soon to be back in the garden and collecting eggs with you.

  4. 4
    crochet lady says

    Hope your sweetie feels better soon. I have very fond memories of my mom taking care of me when I was ill. She would always gather my favorite things around me too.

    One other thing I really enjoyed was that she read to me, even when I was an older girl. One time in high school I got very sick with Mono and missed a ton of school. On the days I felt like a bowl of jelly, mom would read to me, a chapter here, a chapter there and it was like warm healing liquid to my soul.

  5. 5
    Henrietta says

    Thank you so much for the well wishes everyone! Her fever is still bouncing around and it seems I've caught whatever it is she has as well! Wouldn't you know it, the nicest days we've had so far this summer and we're sick, lol!

  6. 6

    Well misery does love company….I'm so very sorry that you and your daughter are sick. I'm sending you chicken soup right now!! Feel better soon!!

  7. 7
    Henrietta says

    Aww, thanks, chicken noodle soup sounds good :) we're resting and drinking lots of water so hope to be better soon!

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