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“The Sick Cup”and Other Delights of a Day at Home.

I was secretly excited when my daughter-in-law asked me if my 9-year-old grandson could come over for the day. She was on her way out-of-town and he had a bit of a fever and couldn’t go to school. Crazy, but I really enjoyed my kid’s minor sick days years ago and was eager to play nurse again.

A “slight fever” was always the best kind of sick day. I’m speaking at a retreat this weekend so knew I could keep on working during his movie time, but we could still get a game or two and a few stories in.

A few decades ago, a day home from school for our four also meant a visit to the “sick cabinet” on the back porch: A tall metal storage piece from my husband’s Czech grandmother that landed with us after her death. Originally laden with her homemade pickles and jam, we filled it with toys, books and movies which could only be played with on a verified sick day. Verified that is by a thermometer or frequent bathroom visits.

(No, we didn’t buy all these items.) Our extended family supplied our kids with oodles of toys at Christmas, many more that we did. Before they got too attached to the new items, I swooped a few up and stuck them in the cabinet. Garage sale finds added to the supply. Everything was “new” on sick day! As soon as health rebounded, all items returned to the cabinet until the next time. The plan worked.

The other bonus of the day at home was to get to use “The Sick Cup.” A somewhat gaudy light green goblet once won by my mother at the Illinois State Fair when the carnival worker failed to guess her age correctly and took about ten years off. She didn’t need the “prize” after that elation and offered me the cup. Right away I decided how I would use it.

So I climbed on a stool a little while ago and reached the old glass from the top shelf where it has always resided. After a good cleaning, I filled it with juice and handed it to my grandson to sip during his movie.

Wasn’t it just last week I stood in the same kitchen and filled the same cup for one of mine?

With all the winter illness going around in my circle of friends (I took my turn too!) maybe it’s time to create “sick” specialties for ourselves as well. A new book, movie or TV series, special beverage, soft tissues or even pajamas to wear only on under-the-weather days. Cute ones! Best gather that now while health is strong. At least I already have a sick cup!

Hope for the best,


10 Fun Ways To Enjoy YOUR Spring Break

Aren’t you sometimes envious of all those kids turned out of school this time of year for their Spring Break?  I see them on the corner, in the mall (I do occasionally make a rare appearance) and read about the exciting places their parents are taking them in my Facebook browsing.

Back in the day, I was quite good at Spring Break…my kid’s break that is.  The first morning held extensive room cleaning like windows and closets but that was always followed by going out for pizza lunch.  The rest of the week we played or shopped or went to fun local places.  I looked forward to that week as much as they did.

By college time, they designed their own plans for this precious week but the girls usually gave me a day to take them shopping (and paying) and in spite of the expense, it was usually a “best day ever.”

I miss Spring Breaks and a few years ago decided to restore them.  The first break was declared right after I finished an intensive course of study.  Perfect!  I had the luxury of a few days off and quickly lined up a matinee for one day, a lunch out for another and a downtown field trip for the third.  The renewal lasted a long time.

In case you can’t take time off this year (I can’t either),  Spring Breaks can also weave through an ordinary work week with a little intentionality.

Designate which week/days you will call Spring Break. You might need to use your early morning, lunch hour, evening, or weekend but consider one of these fun ways to set aside time for yourself for your own seasonal restoration.

  1. Take a long walk in a nearby beautiful place:  forest preserve, beach, public park or arboretum.
  2. Create your own film festival and watch your favorite old movies on DVD.
  3. Visit that shop that looks so interesting.
  4. Check out an art gallery or museum.
  5. Take in a local tourist attraction in your home town.
  6. Go out to breakfast/lunch to a place you’ve never been before.
  7. Schedule a beauty treatment.  Local beauty academies can be inexpensive.
  8. Have fun with paints, crafts, beads or whatever feeds your spirit.
  9. Rearrange your bedroom.
  10. Take a personal retreat.

I would love to hear about your Spring Break.  Please leave me a comment below or write me at

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