Fun with Fatherhood – Sick Day

Sick day. No fun, right? Well au contraire, I say.

My oldest son got sick at school yesterday. Stomach bug of some sort. That’s the bad news.

The good news is, it turned into an opportunity to make the best of the situation and resulted in some great one-on-one time with both of my sons in the past 24 hours.

He was asleep within minutes of getting here last night. The kid was exhausted, it had clearly been a long day for him.

So that meant time for me to hang out with my youngest son. I had him help me with dinner. He got to cut some of the ingredients (supervised, of course) and stir them into the pot, then help season the food. He did great.

After that, a quick game of hockey on  the PlayStation was followed up by both of us reading a shark book to each other (it was timely as my former home of South Carolina has been ‘stalked’ by a Great White just off the shore this past week.)

From there, we ended up watching an episode of ‘Here’s How’ and then a 20+ year-old rerun of ‘3-2-1 Contact’ on YouTube. I’d forgotten how great and informative that show was. Here’s a link to the user who has a number of these episodes available online. Looking forward to watching more of them with the boys.

My youngest son fell asleep and fortunately, my oldest slept through the night, only having to get up once. Unfortunately that was to be sick at 5 in the morning. So he wasn’t going to school today.

No problem, though. He may not have felt his best but he wasn’t feeling awful. So, we ended up spending the day talking about computers. I’ve always been a bit of a computer geek and he seems to be interested in them a lot, too.

He had his new laptop with him and I spent part of the day teaching him how to customize it and what to look for, etc. It was a lot of fun. He was really getting into it. I’m sure I was too.

Toward the end of the afternoon as we were getting ready to put the computer away my oldest son said, ‘Today was awesome.’

I gave him a hug and no doubt my smile was from ear to ear at that moment. He even threw in a ‘thank you’ for helping him set up his computer.

All in all, not bad for a sick day if you ask me.

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6 thoughts on “Fun with Fatherhood – Sick Day”

  1. What a wonderful story. Sounds like you turned what could’ve been a hard, depressing time into a great opportunity for your and your sons to connect and discover new things. What a blessing 🙂

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