Today I feel incredibly grateful for all the small parts of life that make a life whole. Yesterday I was very ill with a bug that took all my strength and left me unable even to speak. Being sick like that makes me realize that every other day I am a superhero. That regular people all around me are superheroes, just for living their lives. Just for doing the hundred tiny things each day that life requires. It takes tremendous energy. And today I can see that clearly.

I am so grateful also for the small gestures from my family that got me through yesterday. Being part of a family is such a solid thing, and yesterday I could feel how that strength held me. My daughter was resourceful. She entertained herself all day by watching videos and drawing. She even made her own food: ‘dip’ made from spaghetti sauce and beans which she ate with chips. My hard working stepdaughter made my daughter lunch and took her to the pet store with her before she had to head to her shift at work. She also gave me a sparkly water from her own stash. My husband came home earlier from work than he normally would have. He stopped at the grocery store and got me apple juice and more sparkly water, and ordered me Pho (the most amazing Vietnamese soup made with life sustaining broth and veggies) to be delivered. These small actions made it so that I did not have to stress on a day when my energy level was below zero. They held me up. And today, when I awoke well again, I felt so full.

About Erin O'Neill

Hi, my name is Erin O'Neill. I am a part time urban homesteader and a full time homemaker and new mom. I enjoy canning my own food, crafting, raising chickens and working my bit of land. This blog is for anyone who wants to hear about the day to day struggles and successes of incorporating the old ways of life back into today's busy world.
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