The Bright and Not-So-Bright

Mar 1, 2013

It's Maxwell's third birthday today. And celebrating his birthday is definitely the bright spot in our otherwise not-so-fantastic week.

On Sunday morning, I felt a little under the weather, but by the afternoon I was being slammed up the side of the head with something downright beastly.

And it has been beastly: a really raw sore throat, a racking hacking cough, no appetite, and complete fatigue. I also lost my voice. Like, completely. On Wednesday, each time my phone rang, I had to send out a text that said, "Sorry. My voice is gone. Can't talk."

Sadly, I've shared my plague with each of the boys, and all but Mike have also gotten it. (Thank goodness Mike was spared. He kept things in order.)

But besides illness, Mike came home late Tuesday night with a paper in his hands. I was already in bed, but I asked, "What's that?" "Something not good," he said.

It was an accident report. While he was at school, someone ran into our (parked) car. Mike is inclined to see this as a good thing since (A) he wasn't in the car, (B) it wasn't his fault, and (C) our car is almost 20 years old and would have had to be replaced in the soonish future anyway. But I like being able to do things on my own time, and I wanted to be able to drive our car for at least another year while Mike finishes school and we save some money. And sadly, it does have to be replaced. (The repairs were going to cost $5000, and the car isn't even worth half that.) Plus, I actually loved our car. It was a '94 Buick LeSabre, and man, it was one posh ride--roomy and comfortable with all the latest gadgets 1994 had to offer. We will miss our dear Millie.

But, like I said, today is Maxwell's birthday, and things are looking up. He's about the cutest birthday boy you ever did see (in spite of his nose, which continues to run). He has exclaimed with pure joy over every delightful happening.

And like any polite boy should, anytime someone wishes him a happy birthday, he says, "Happy birthday to you, too."


  1. I'm really sorry to hear about the sickness going through your family. That's always miserable. If I might suggest something? We just discovered it when I was sick a couple of days ago. If you chop up fresh ginger and stick it in hot water with some honey, it makes a marvelously soothing ginger tea that feels lovely on raw throats or in queasy tummies. I hope you all feel better soon!

    1. Samantha--I wish I'd known about this remedy before! I tried hot lemon and honey, and it was somewhat soothing, but I think the ginger would have really helped. Next time (since, unfortunately, I'm sure there WILL be a next time)!

  2. Happy 3rd birthday to Max. I can't believe he's already three!
    Happy birthday Max! I love you.

  3. So sorry about your terrible week! And how awful about your car! I know what you mean about liking to replace things on your own timeline instead of being forced to. Car problems are the worst.

  4. I hope you all get feeling better soon. This winter needs to end so all the illnesses will go away! Sorry about your car, too. That is too bad!

  5. Oh bummer. When it rains it pours.
    I hope everything turns around real soon sugar.


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