Today I was supposed to have a working lunch with a new teacher to talk about her action research project.
Instead my phone rang. The nurse from my kids’ school informed me calmly that my son had a fever. Over 102.
This afternoon I was supposed to video a colleague for her National Board portfolio. My iPad was charged and ready.
But I was sitting in the doctor’s office with my son, watching Tumblebooks while the nurse bustled in and out, first testing for strep, then the flu. Diagnosis: Influenza B.
My after school PD class was supposed to meet today for our second session discussing Serravallo’s The Writing Strategies Book. I had a stack of copies on my desk and several lessons ready to model.
I, however, was sitting at home, searching Netflix for episodes of Power Rangers that we haven’t already watched.
We were scheduled to spend our evening with swimming lessons and fast food for dinner.
Instead, both kids snuggled up in their Spiderman and Frozen sleeping bags on the living room floor, engrossed in the Trolls movie. I made my Grandma’s special soup and my husband made them each a smoothie. We negotiated and bribed over doses of medicine.
Some days go exactly according to plan.
But other days don’t. I used to feel like a failure if I couldn’t keep my end of a commitment because I had a sick child at home. There have been many times where I’ve felt guilt and worry over missing something important at school. But I’ve finally come to accept that, being in the business of children, people understand. My One Little Word this year is embrace, and it’s never needed more than on days like today. Sometimes we just have to embrace the things in life that are out of our control.