Ritual Confessions

February 6, 2008

Work Party

Filed under: Uncategorized — elissakaren @ 6:01 am

Tonight at Charlotte’s school there was a “work party” where parents were entreated to come in and help with various aspects of classroom maintenance. It was a chance to talk with the teachers and meet some of the other parents, as well as to contribute to Charlotte’s weekday atmosphere.

The only drawback was that late this afternoon, I started to feel as if I might be coming down with something. My throat began to hurt, my body to ache. Charlotte slept through without waking last night, which is very unusual, and she also got up suspiciously late this morning. So I wonder if she’s given me some bug that is perhaps not affecting her as markedly. The kids in her class seem to catch every virus of the season, and if I could track the passage of contagion from child to child, I suspect it would look like an infinity loop.

As soon as Nick got home, I lay down for about half an hour and wished I didn’t have to get up again. But I had committed to being there, so I didn’t feel that I could blow it off.

Which is how I came to spend this evening cutting out hundreds of circles and stars from different-colored sheets of construction paper. If I felt physically miserable before, now I feel war-torn. It is all I can do to write this boring blog before crawling into bed. If there’s any mercy in the world, my daughter will sleep late again tomorrow, but I suspect that will not be the case.

There’s no real point to this entry. If anyone has gotten this far and feels it’s been a waste of three perfectly good minutes he or she will never get back, I apologize. If it’s any consolation, I have bored the hell out of even myself. Oh well… what can I say. I resolved to show up every day, but thank God, I never promised to be interesting.



  1. You know, I thought of suggesting, when I saw you this morning, that Charlotte probably slept late because she was coming down with something or fighting something off. But then I thought, don’t be so depressing.

    I’m going to assume that the weird herbal coffee and Styrofoam bagel are the culprits, and you’ll feel fine tomorrow.

    Comment by davidrochester — February 6, 2008 @ 6:25 am

  2. I hope David’s right, about the coffee and bagel.

    Comment by Shawn W — February 7, 2008 @ 4:45 am

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