Snuggling Always Helps

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Snuggling Always Helps

I expect I’ll start vomiting within the next few hours.

Our eldest came down with something 48 hours ago: a debilitating bug which has emptied her in every way, and she is limp and pale in her Daddy’s arms. We thought perhaps it was something she had eaten, but tonight after dinner our son stood up from dinner, and promptly divested himself of the evening’s meal.

This means it’s a bug, and since I’ve been doing the mopping of brows and floors, the bug is likely coming for me. But it’s not here yet, and so for now when my son asked if I could please lie down with him as he went to sleep, I said yes. Of course. Yes, I will stay with you.

“What did you do today?” my husband asked when he got home.

“I took the kids to the doctor, and then I sat with them on the couch and read my book while they watched shows.”

On a different day, a day of reading-on-the-couch while my kids watched TV might have felt like a terrible mommy fail – especially since it’s the first day of Spring Break and the weather outside is glo.ri.ous. But today, sitting quietly on the couch with my daughter tucked under my wing was the best way I could love her as she drifted in and out of sleep. It was a gift to be present.

Half an hour after my boy suffered the first wave of the virus’ onslaught, it was his turn to curl up close. I rubbed his back as he pressed his head into my chest, listening as his breathing slowed.

“Snuggling always helps,” he whispered, moments before sleep took him.

Snuggling always helps. Yes. It does.

I can’t answer my daughter’s question of why this is happening to her, nor can I tell her how long it will last. But I can assure her I am nearby and that I love her, which is, come to think of it, just exactly the comfort God gives me when I’m bent double, weak and weeping. Though you pass through the waters, I will be with you, says Isaiah 43:2.

The presence of One who Loves us makes all the difference.

Just like my boy said: snuggling always helps.

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7 thoughts on “Snuggling Always Helps”

  1. This is so nice, Bronwyn. It’s no fun for anyone being sick, but I know just what you mean about these comforting times. My son missed 4 days of school just before March Break and we spent a lot of time on the couch, just hanging out. (And for the Wiggles and their many DVDs, we give thanks.) Hoping for quick recovery for your kids and for a miraculous escape from the bug for the rest of you!

    1. Thanks, Jeannie. Two days later, and I think I missed it 🙂 And, for the record, I LOVE the wiggles!

  2. How you treat your children in illness will be passed down through generations. I remember the calm and tenderness and service of my mother and I remember caring for my children and I have seen them care for one another and their children. Healing and blessing hand-in-hand. Thanks for the reminders. And get well soon!

    1. What a beautiful thought: that our care stretches through the generations. Yesterday, when my daughter was feeling better, she snuck up behind me and said “thank you for taking such good care of me, mommy.” Moments like that make it all worthwhile.

  3. Parents holding sick kids makes no sense, – you could catch a bug! – and it makes all the difference. We comfort with the comfort God has given us. I hope your family (young and old) is on the mend, Bron. Praying for recovery.

    1. Thanks for praying, Tim. I think we’re on the mend. Well enough, perhaps, to even take a spring break field trip to a court house north of us. Are you up for that?

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