The Week The Flu Came

The week the flu came to visit was chaos filled adventure. But it’s amazing to see how friends and family pull together.

photo credit: blackzack00 via photopin

photo credit: blackzack00 via photopin

My girl friend and her daughter came down with the flu first, then my husband, then it seemed the rest of the world (ok I might be a wee bit dramatic on the last part). It seemed that everyone was getting sick, husbands were away at sea, children had to be kept home. Like I said earlier, chaos.

Scarlett had to stay home from daycare, and not because she was one of the sick ones but because daycare was plagued with the flu. Then my husband got it, so Scarlett and I were quarantined upstairs where the flu germs were few and none (have you ever tried to keep a toddle, a curious toddler in one room for the day?! Try it, it’s a work out).

I took a day off work because well, what a mother to do when her daughter is healthy and no place to go. We had a great day. Playgroup. Couple work calls. Shopping. Lunch. Park. Nap. Then we went to the drug store to pick up a couple items for my sick girl friend and her daughter. They couldn’t leave the house, no husband to run to the store because he was sailing the ocean blue.

Scarlett and I stepped up to the plate. My girl friend does so much for us, it was nice to be able to do something for her for a change.

Then I noticed a couple other Mum’s from out little group dropped of some dinners, and other goodies people with the flu need/like! It’s great to see people helping out friends, and being kind to one another. I mean you never hear those stories in the news anymore. Neighbour helps neighbour. Touches your heart a little, right?!

I think it’s really important (especially, for military Mums/Families) to help, support and be there for one another. For people like myself, I have a hard time asking for help, but the people who I have come to call my friends, they know that and just do… There is the curious call so to speak, is always asked. ‘Ashley, do you want the chili I have in the fridge?” My response, “Oh no it’s ok” Next thing I know, I have a chili in the back of my car.

Kindness and real friendship is such a rarity. It’s refreshing when you find it.

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photo credit: st3f4n via photopin

My family is amazing. They are just amazing. Since my daycare was down and out. My husband also, down and out. It was a busy week at work with projects closing and starting. I literally could not take time off work. My Mum offered to take her for a couple days.

I didn’t really want Scarlett to go, but she not exactly old enough to stay home alone… I talked it over with my husband, and he agreed.

My Mum’s friend has room in her daycare. I know the friend and I felt comfortable with Scarlett going there. I was a little nervous because its a new place and I wasn’t there to give her a hug or a kiss and tell her to have a good day. This flu was seriously damaging my calm. I wanted to have my daughter home with me.

I am extremely grateful that I have the options I do and that my family lives close enough to lend a helping hand when we need it.

Yes, it really sucks that the flu has inconvenienced my life (and others) but at the same time, it really shows you who you can count on and who can count on you. It’s all about that beautiful silver lining, sometimes its thin and sometimes its right in your face. The week the flu came was not what every Mother dreams about but I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome.

xoxo Ashley

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