My daughter is an amazing woman. I wish I would have been more like her when I was a young working mother. She has a very demanding job with a consulting industry, works with some good people, is active with a women's legal organization, and also has to deal with some male chauvinist pigs in the company. Yet she has managed to hold her own while raising three children and running the household activities. This past week she came down with the flu on Monday after nursing her oldest who had contracted the flu the prior week.
She rarely calls us for help but she had to as she had scheduled a last minute fly-out to Chicago for just the day (an important luncheon with a group where one of the leaders, a cyber security expert, wanted her there for various reasons) She also felt the meeting was important for her career. Due to snow delays the week before, a repairman and a furniture deliveryman were scheduled for the day she was to fly out. We were happy to head up and house-sit since we had planned on driving up that weekend anyway for a Smithsonian lecture.
She made us an amazing Thai shrimp dinner the night before she caught her plane.
As luck would have it, the youngest son came down with the flu the afternoon before she left, so we did nurse duty, took him to the doctor's, and completed our house-sit duty for the next two days. He seemed to weather the illness as children sometimes do. Periods of rest...
followed by creating a magic show for his granddad.
Hubby had been nursing a mild sore throat the day before we went up, so he was a bit compromised already. Here we are four and a half days later, and back at home, and neither of us has gotten sick! We did get our flu shots this fall, but were told that they are only 50% effective this year. Maybe we dodged the bullet? I am still keeping my fingers crossed.
Daughter did not cancel the dog-walker which was good as I had not brought snow boots and the sidewalks were pretty slushy. (Yes, some people call this a dog...).
I do not know how young parents juggled all that comes their way and I try not to think about it.