Tomorrow will be…


Child has been "off" for a couple of days.
It's also the end of the trimester,
and nerves are kicking up
about finishing his work by the deadline.

Yesterday, he wanted to stay home 
because of "sharp pain
and dizziness" in his side.
Since side dizziness is not a
mom-believable condition,
he went to school.

Today, he suffered from "my insides are
full of ooze, and getting squished."
Creative, but he went to school again.
But yet –

He has been pale
and exhausted
and quiet
and cranky
since Sunday.

Today, he walked out of parkour
in the middle of class and
asked to go home. He said, 
"I'm starting to feel actually sick," 
and asked me to play Truck Tunes,
his comfort music from preschool.

If only there were some way
to tell
avoidance
from 
anxiety
from
exhaustion
from 
manipulation
from 
stubbornness
from
illness.

Husband is meeting new clients.
Son has a field trip to see a play.
I'm teaching middle schoolers.
Sick day roulette –
Do I write sub plans?
Who knows!

7 thoughts on “Tomorrow will be…

  1. Write the plans. Spend the day with him and let him rest. Also, I had no idea that ‘side dizziness’ wasn’t a thing! I totally thought it was a thing. That cracked me up!

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    1. Like everyone’s kids, he is struggling with the daylight savings time shift, and he could totally use a full night sleep and some TLC tomorrow. But…he also has a field trip! I’m about 3/4 convinced I should write the plans. But not if he tells me his side is dizzy again! (The pointing to his lowest rib as the location of the dizziness was a nice extra touch!)

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  2. I love the way this is written. I especially love this part;

    If only there were some way
    to tell
    avoidance
    from
    anxiety
    from
    exhaustion
    from
    manipulation
    from
    stubbornness
    from
    illness.

    So true. The words you’ve chosen are so true for so many students and kiddos.

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    1. He was mostly ok again this morning. He is struggling with me not being as readily available as I always have been and his “content” class and how to deal with a strict teacher (VERY good for him, but he doesn’t believe that), learning how to integrate into and work with groups on projects, and meet those pesky deadlines. We’re working on it, but the excitement to see the “totally awesome, hysterical play” won out in the end today!

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