I'm going to be totally honest with you: I took a nap this morning.
It was not in the plan for the day, and it was not my favorite homeschooling moment, but there it is. Fox and I woke up feeling sick and still exhausted. So, at 10 o'clock, when I put sleeping Fox back to bed, I laid on the couch with Woody and found a History Channel series on the Revolutionary War for him to watch while I slept that light sleep that parents do when the kids are in the room and not asleep themselves. I don't know the word for that, but there should be one. It's lighter than a light sleep but clearly not fully aware of one's surroundings, which is a little scary but not always avoidable.
And nearly two hours passed that way, and then, I felt a little bit better. Better enough to make lunch, anyway. Woody had questions about the start of the War. He had tried to ask me these questions while I "slept," but was not satisfied with the unintelligible mumbly answers I had offered in my dozy-nauseous state.
We talked about Paul Revere and the Patriots' network of communications in the early stages of the revolution. I read him Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "Paul Revere's Ride." He wanted to try to write with a quill pen. We watched a video about how they were made, then we thought about how we might improvise one, and gave it a shot.
And by the time it was time to write with our quill pen, Woody had more or less moved on. He made a few strokes. An X. Then he wanted to play a video game. He trotted happily away, and my brief reprieve from the symptoms of my illness ended, and the rest of the afternoon was again a blur, until Daddy Honey came home early and I could lay down for some real rest.
That's the way it is sometimes.