Vobba; trying to work from home whilst taking care of a sick child.
I was too busy to take the day off, so I fixed it to work from home whilst looking after Kia. She had been ill all weekend, some bug going around the school, it would seem. I got her settled on the sofa; apple juice, snuggle blanket, teddy bear and the TV on the children’s channel. Then I went into the dinning room and set myself up. I had lots of reports to look over and some to write.
‘Mummy! Mummy!’ Kia called.
I looked up from my loading laptop, wondering what could have happened in less then five minutes.
‘What is it?’ I answered back.
‘I dropped Bobo!’
I heard her struggling to reach the bear. Getting up, I walked into the living room and saw my five year old reaching over the back of the sofa. Tutting, I went around, picked up the bear and handed it to her. Kia hugged her teddy and settled down again.
Leaving her again, I sat back down to work. I opened the first report and read through a few pages, making notes along the sides and bottom. I turned a page and heard Kia calling me again.
‘Mummy! More apple juice!’
I rolled my eyes and got up again.
‘You drank that fast,’ I said, coming into the living room.
Kia waved her cup in the air. I took it from her and went to refill it. I heard her coughing and sneezing.
‘That was a big sneeze!’ I told her coming back in.
Kia nodded and took her cup from me. I tugged the blanket around her and left again.
A few minutes later, I heard shuffling footsteps and felt warm little arms trying to hug me. I pulled Kia on to my lap and kissed her hot head. I worked little that for awhile, reading and making notes whilst she dozed against me. Then my legs went numb and I started to get pins and needles.
Gently, I carried Kia back to the sofa and left her napping there. No sooner had I sat down again though, her little voice called out to me. I pressed my lips together and ignored her. I had too much work to do!
‘Mummy!’ Kia called.
‘Working, working,’ I mutter under my breath.
Sighing, I got up and went to her, ‘what is it? I have to work,’ I said.
‘I’m hungry!’ Kia moaned.
She hadn’t wanted anything before, perhaps it was a sign she was getting better? I agreed some toast and made it for her. Back to work again, I started writing my report then from behind my laptop I saw something move. I paused, thinking it was only a trick of the light, but there was now a small long necked green dinosaur seemingly peering around my laptop at me.
Convincing myself it had been there all along, I got back to typing. The next time I looked up though, the dinosaur had moved closer and behind it was a pale red T-Rex.
‘Kia!’ I snapped.
I heard giggling from under the table and bent down. She was hiding under there, a few other colourful dinosaurs scattered around her knees.
‘You are meant to be ill,’ I said.
‘I am!’ Kia cried back, ‘I want you.’
She reached out her arms then crawled out from the table. We hugged.
‘Now, take your dinos back into the living room and play with them there, okay? Mummy has a big report to write.’
Nodding, Kia collected the plastic models and went out of the room. I heard her clattering around and after a few minutes there was just the background noise of the TV. I tapped away on my laptop, getting some more work done finally. Though, I shouldn’t have started thinking this was how it was going to continue.
‘Mummy! Mummy!’ Kia called.
‘What?’ I replied back as I carried on typing madly.
‘Come watch this!’
‘I’m busy Kia!’
‘But I want you!’ she wailed.
‘I’ll be in a few minutes,’ I replied.
‘No!’ Kia cried and she stumbled into the dinning room.
I turned to her and she burst into tears.
She waved her arms around and I had no choice but to get up and comfort her. Carrying Kia back to the sofa, I waited till she had cried herself to sleep then crept off again. No sooner had I sat back down again, Kia started crying again.
I looked at my report and just knew this wasn’t going to work. Closing my laptop, I went into the living room and spent the rest of the day looking after Kia.