On being ill

Ill.

Again.

And again.

So many bugs this year.

So much time given to sickness.

So much energy.

It feels doubly hard when your nights are broken. Your breastfeeding body is barely sustaining itself yet needs to sustain another too. When your children are ill and needing mama, but mama has nothing left to give. When all you need is rest to get better.

Illness is many things…

A pilgrimage to the dark silences of the soul
A teacher in our tolerance of pain and suffering
A reminder of our own biological nature and tender mortality
A much needed retreat in the world
And a pain in the ass!

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