Not such an obvious positive of redunancy is time ti look after loved ones who are sick. I had two patients today – Charlie has a virus, he hasnt eaten in 3 days and sleeps on the sofa most of the day. In the bad old days I would have been forced to leave him at a childminders in his PJs. Now I have the luxury of looking after him and making some wee tasty snack to tempt him.
With no family close to us if I had been working full time when Robert was ill, it would have been extremly difficult for me. In the last few months he had zero energy, so I was glad to be here to make him some homemade soup. Robert would look at it enquiringly ‘What flavour is it again?’
As you know yesterday marked a milestone for Robert, me and the kids. As Aoife so elequently put it ‘we are getting our Dad back’, but from my point of view I am more than happy to look after him and help with his recuperation.
I am not a natural ‘nurse’, not that gentle and more of a ‘russler-uper’ than a chef. So although Robert and Charlie wont be pampered nor dine on nouvelle cuisine – they will have someone to make them laugh and keep their spirits up. To be able to do that, to me is a huge positive.