Wednesday, March 2, 2011

playing nurse

 robert is home sick. for the second day in a row. with an ear infection, at that.

the last time i thought about ear infections was when i had one when i was nine and mama took me and my sister to wal-mart to get our pictures taken in our christmas dresses. it was super classy, and what made it even more spectacular was the horrified look of pain sprawled across my face, just below my fluffed and teased bangs and fresh chicken pox scar.

and now, 15 years later, i am in my own home nursing my sweet husband back to health.

and spending time with him, just sitting with him, talking. it's funny how things like sicknesses force everyone to slow.down. to just take a breather and relax. on the other hand, i have been busy too. i've been cooking more, scrubbing the sink more, and folding laundry more. and it feels so incredibly organic and good.

to be needed, that is. to feel required and responsible.

and as i folded robert's 1,865,424 work shirt, i breathed it in, and hugged it close. because this man, this blue-collared, strong willed, independently awesome man is eternally linked to me, and will need me, just as i need him, as long as we walk this earth.

in sickness and in health.

16 comments:

mskanorado said...

Hopefully Robert feels better soon!

Cat said...

Awwww...I totally get the same feeling when hubs is sick. Not that I want him to be sick (of course) but it just reminds me of how much he means to me and how much I love him.

Feel better Robert!

In My Tennis Shoes said...

hahaha... sound like me folding shane's 1,458,257 shirts! that boy has more buttoned down shirts than i've ever seen in my life! and i've discovered that laundry and i don't get along. i need to do better! hope your guy gets to feeling better!

Jenni Austria Germany said...

after my mom had cancer twice, i decided that "in sickness and in health" is the most important marriage vow. :)

Christi said...

:)

I hope Robert feels better soon!

charla beth said...

this is so unbelievably sweet.

Thisisme. said...

Do hope that Robert gets better very soon. Ear infections can be very painful. My husband has been a little gem whilst I haven't been feeling too well for the past three weeks.

Ana* said...

I hope he feels better, you're such a great write you make ear infection & chicken pox look pretty. What a gift you have :)

Kimbirdy said...

aw, this is a sweet take on the subject. whenever i get sick i want the mister to stay far away. i want to be alone and dwell in my germs (and sweats, and embarrassing tv shows, etc.). but there's probably that desire to care for me, his life partner during that time which i completely overlook.

Katie said...

Urgh, ear infections are an absolute nightmare. I hope Robert's feeling better soon! He's lucky to have you there looking after and just spending time with him.

Amber Blue Bird said...

well i wish him a speed recovery, an ear infection has to hurt. I cant believe you iron his shirts, that is one chore that I cant stand

Jessica said...

Aww, hope he feels better soon! :/

Diana Smith said...

I hate having to see your loved ones in such aches and pains!! You are such a sweet wife to take care of him! What a lucky guy!!

Emily said...

what a good wife! these are the things that bring you closer together, hope robert feels better soon!

ruthy ann said...

what a sweet post! Hope he feels better soon!

Shalyn said...

"...eternally linked"- what beautiful words to describe a marriage, I love that. I really hope you enjoy the rest of your time together, but he should probably start feeling better immediately because ear infections are the WORST!

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