I was steeling myself to take my two sick and exhausted children to a 7:45 p.m. doctor’s appointment on my own — the last slot available that particular day in the pediatrician’s “fever clinic,” which I presume to be a new feature of our COVID-hardened world: keep the ill children separate from the ones seeking routine vaccines and wellness checks. Sane and appropriate, but wildly inconvenient. Not only had we had to struggle through a day caring for unwell children without any diagnosis, but my children are normally in bed by seven and asleep by seven-thirty, and yet there I was, prolonging their feverish day and dreading what was to follow: nasal swabs, the pushback of my four-year-old, my two-year-old’s ambitiously wrangling body exploring every nook and cranny of the examination room while the doctor would, inevitably, be running late given that we had inherited the absolute worst time for a doctor’s visit. (Every parent knows that the later the appointment, the longer the wait.) I am not above admitting I was dreading managing the visit on my own, without the extra hands of my husband.
Around seven, the office called and informed me we could come in early. Out of the blue, just before hanging up, I asked: “Oh, wait — is it still the policy that only one parent is allowed in per visit?” “No, m’am, you can have both now.”
Two unexpected wins, the latter perhaps the best news I’d had in months.
We put on shoes and foisted on masks and flew out the door, and as we walked underneath the scaffolding on 86th Street, I watched my husband pantomime exaggerated surprise when a pigeon flew over his head, sending my four-year-old into hysterics.
Of all the moments,
Of all the years,
I almost burst into tears just then, with my husband’s frame silhouetted against the Manhattan streetlights and my daughter’s surprised laughter jostling her from the slope of malaise.
How spectacular, to walk through life with someone else who not only shoulders life’s burdens but makes light where there is little.
+Lots of ultra-chic Loretta Caponi on sale here.
+Micro is SO into puzzles at the moment — these 12-piece ones are perfect!
+This plaid dress is under $80 and feels very Doen. I like that it could work into fall…
+This $128 floral top is tres chic tucked into a white midi or paired with denim.
+I can hardly believe I’m writing this, but back to school has been on my mind lately. I used this reversible pennant (you can pick the colors!) that say “first day / last day” last year and will continue to use with my children. Love that it does not designate the year so you can use every year from now til college.
+OMG these Carrie Forbes shoes ($200!) are too cute.
+Lululemon makes such good athletic outerwear. So chic! I am loving this new anorak.
+A good stacking storage option for toys like Duplos/sets of dinosaurs/cars/etc.
+Adore the print on this two-piece.
+Speaking of hair: “a woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.”
+This post tugs at my heart: on surviving COVID. It all began with a prayer.
+Great hooded sweatshirt from LL Bean — love the quilting detail. Would size up and throw on for walking the dog on chilly mornings!
+Poupette St. Barth has some fabulous new pareo prints…I almost want to wear this out over my shoulders with white jeans/a white tee.
+In love with this $70 top.