Friday, January 16, 2009


I was thinking about how as a mom the job never really ends. Jake has a stomach virus. This is not a picture of Jake with the stomach, virus, I thought I would spare you that! Anyway, we were up very late because even with 4 ibuprofen and 2 Tylenol he was still running a fever of 103.6. It finally dropped about midnight and I put on my PJs and went to bed. He has always been our sick kid. Ear tubes 3 times before the age of 2, tonsils out at 4, a 3 week stay in ICU at the age of 13 months for asthma and croup they couldn't get under control.

His health has improved GREATLY taking Reliv, but he is not totally consistent. I have begged and bribed, but he is 16 and therefore he knows much more than me about the world!! :) But, back to my point. There we are at 11pm and he looks up at me and says, "I'm scared." In that moment I felt very honored to be his mom. Honored because he could be vulnerable in front of me, which is rare these days at his age. Honored because we have been through a lot together and we are still able to come together and get through difficult things. During all of this, I called my mom, who then waited up until I called back and said all was fine and we were going to bed. So, my point is about being a mom. The job description should read: "Want to experience extreme frustration and endless joy at the same time? Apply here - oh yea, and it is a lifelong job. There is no ending date." Because the truth is, I always thought once they were grown they wouldn't need me anymore! I am kinda glad I was wrong on that one!

On a side note: I found my cell phone. Well, Sean found it - when the snow melted a bit it was in the driveway! and it still WORKS!!! amazing!! no wedding ring yet, but my hope is renewed!!


Friar Tuck said...

Five words from Jake's sickness of the past:
Dad, I have been violated

reliv4life said...

friar - LOL!! I had forgotten that - I should write it down somewhere!!

Jen said...

I hope Jake is feeling better; and doesn't infect anyone.
You're a great mom and he's lucky to have ya. And your mom, bless her heart!

Shellmo said...

Jake has a great mom and a great grandmother! I hope he feels better soon - stomach virus stinks!

Glad you found your cell!!

citizen of the world said...

Ha! Does a teenager do anything consistenly? The only sort of consistent things mine does is play his guitar and saxophone.

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