aila spent the first part of this week fighting a fever. swinging between sleepy listlessness and bouts of hysterical delirium. at one point, around midnight, the inconsolable screaming made way for a saccharine sweet voice saying 'excuse me mummy, can you please sew me some pajamas?' ~ like something out of the exorcist. if it wasn't so scary, it would have been comical.
outside, stormy weather raged. high winds, torrential rain, thunder and lightening. perfect weather for staying in bed. plans were cancelled and the to do list put on hold. she slept the daylight hours away and i crawled into bed beside her whenever i could. some sick leave and downtime was just what we both needed.
just as suddenly as it came, the fever disappeared. she bounced out of bed, making up for lost time with energy to burn. i returned to my day with a bit more of a spring in my step too. both of us feeling recharged after our slice of time away from it all. comforted by the fact that life can be put on hold when the need arises.