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Girls runningI sat in the sun in the yard today.  Tailor sitting on the warm grass suited my lower back well.  Laurel brought me dandelion stems that had shed their seeds.  I knitted while Roan and Willow ran foot races in the yard.  They picked dandelions whose seeds had not yet opened and "painted" things with them.  It was a golden few minutes when things all worked out.  Then Laurel started to wander outside the yard again and climb some stairs at a neighbor's house.  My back and lunch preparations called me back inside.

My back went out yesterday, along with my left hip.  I don't know what I did, but I guess it was a combination of too much everything.  Too much nursing in the night, too much pulling heavy things in the garden, just too much.  Yesterday was not very productive, to be certain, and some very kind people brought us meals.  That was so nice.  I took a hot bath, sat with a water bottle, and dug out the heating pad.  As the day went on, it got easier, but I still felt disappointed about having to take the day off.  Today I am still sore, but things are better.  I can stand up straight now and walking around the store to get milk and things made me feel the most normal, oddly.

Lately, I've been reading Work and Play in Early Childhood. It's a short read, but I have short moments to read sometimes. I've enjoyed it, no less, and I love the way some concepts are described in the book that are decidedly missing from other impressions of kindergarten. One is the idea of a mantle (the protective kind, like a cloak) and the multiple ways an adult fills this role. Sure enough, the children like to be near me when I work, doing their own thing. When I was stuck on the sofa, Willow took care of me and opened her "Comfy Store" with lots of blankets and pillows, all for free. So, while I felt bad about being less able than usual, I could see that we still had the strength to bend and meet the temporary challenge.

For now, it seems I must have a chair house built around me while the little ones sleep.  Let's see if I can orient myself toward the side of the couch and my heating pad!


( 4 trees — Plant a Forest )
Apr. 30th, 2015 11:41 pm (UTC)
Your poor back! I'm sorry! I hope you're back to normal soon. How sweet of Willow to do the Comfy Store!

That is a Miriam face on Laurel right there.
May. 4th, 2015 12:34 am (UTC)
Thank you! I feel normal today, but I'm still be cautious. Yes, a Miriam look. :-)
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May. 4th, 2015 12:34 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'll do my best. :-)
( 4 trees — Plant a Forest )

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