NOSTALGIA- Sentimental recollection: a mixed feeling of happiness, sadness and longing when recalling a person, place or event from the past or the past in general or Homesickness: a longing for home or family when away from either.
On Saturday morning at 5AM I had a six year old alarm clock tapping my arm saying, "Mom, my throat hurts." I rubbed my eyes a bit in an attempt for clarity and responded saying, "Oh no, not again! OK, come on lets see what we can do..."
So, this weekend we stayed around home. We had pillows on the couch, and we had a 6 year old bundled in her favorite jammies and wrapped in blankets made by grandma and great grandma. She has taken a lot of Tylenol and ibuprofen and snuggled with her favorite stuffed animal. She received a plastic perler bead heart and homemade cards from her favorite and only four year old sister. We tried distraction with movies and our favorite books. We attempted to have a tea party, we have taken our temperature a lot, and we purchased every soft and cool food or drink available. Finally, we went to urgent care (yup, strep throat again).
Being ill really makes you miss home, and all of the special things your mom or dad will do to make you feel better. It is amazing how mom's soup or dad's snuggle can make you feel better. I love how my mom has cared for me my whole life whenever I have been ill. In fact, I think she may feel worse when I am ill than I actually do... and now, I love that I am able to be there for my own daughters in the same way.
This image is my NOSTALGIA photograph for this week. It is a collection of things that we had at our home this weekend in an attempt to make a sad little six year old feel better. The more I looked at all of these items, the more I remembered the days when I was little and had the flu and how my parents would love and take care of me. There is nothing better than the security of a parent's love. Years from now, I can only hope my daughter will have similar memories of these days and she will do the same thing for her children as I am doing for her and my mom did for me... Next week the assignment for the scavenger hunt is... Reflections – Reflected image: the image of somebody or something that appears in a mirror or other reflecting surface or Considered idea: an idea or thought, especially one produced by careful consideration.