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Do you want a sick day?

I want a sick day.

Today is Thursday. In a few hours I have to teach a gym class. I want to call in sick and stay in bed all day. I don’t want to be responsible. Some days I like to talk to people. Today I don’t want to talk.

I will tape a smile to my face.

“How are you?”

I reply, “Well, I just had three moles cut off. I am constantly worried about skin cancer. I spilled cornstarch in my pantry last summer and I still haven’t cleaned it. My dogs toenails are too long. I have a rash on my face. My neighbor’s dog barks all the time and I want to tape its mouth shut. I took everything out of my closet and dumped it on the floor in my bedroom. I can’t seem to get anything done and my upstairs bathtub is clogged.”

But, what I really say is, “Fine, and you?”

I won’t call in sick. I will teach the gym class. I won’t stay in bed all day.

Today I will smile and ask someone, “How are you?”

Then I will sit with them, look them in the eye, and wait for an answer.

I will listen. I hope they tell me the truth. I hope they feel listened to and loved.

Do you want a sick day?

About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • Sending a virtual hug. Somedays its like swimming through molasses trying to get through them.

    • pamelahodges

      Yes, molasses. Molasses in January. Thank you for the hug.

  • Do I want a sick day! Boy do I! Not sick but an off day, to hide underneath the covers until noon and then roam the house all alone, with nothing to do! I long for a day of indolence! Any one knows where I can buy it?

  • Oh, can we all relate! I can only recall one time I completed a massive to-do list. I was so proud of it that I took a picture and posted it to Facebook. There are never-ending tasks, and they seem even more gargantuan when we aren’t feeling up to snuff. Kudos to you for sticking with it and carrying on!

  • Anastacia

    Great post, Pamela! I’ve had days that I wanted to quit just about everything. It’s easy to get overwhelmed. But it’s always a great feeling of accomplishment when I push on through and conquer the day anyway.

    • pamelahodges

      Yes, push on through and not hide in my closet.

  • Ooo… there are so many days I wish I could call out sick without the stress of having to figure out lesson plans for a sub. I go in even while sick because I can’t face the lesson plan issue. Blech.

    • pamelahodges

      I would do the same thing as you.

  • Nanc

    I didn’t want one today…but I will remember the next time to tape a smile on my face. That would really create some buzz at the old school house. Thanks for your smile. I know that you always take time for people and listen…really listen. xo

    • pamelahodges

      Thank you Nancy, or Nanc. I can mail you a few paper smiles if you ever need one. And I will always listen if you need to talk.

  • Yes, today (and quite possibly) tomorrow I want a sick day. I also want someone to paint the last two coats of paint onto my writing room walls. That’s pretty much it today.

    • pamelahodges

      I will be on the next plane. Hold the paint for me. Or did you finish it today?

  • I love the image you included with your post. So often we do this, huh? I remember someone wise (no idea who) said once: Smile your way out of it. My prayer is that that quote works for you today!
    If it makes you feel any better, my dogs’ toenails are too long too and I also have stuff spilled all over from last summer that I just never seem to clean up. I would say that I’d love to have more hours in the day, but I really wouldn’t. 🙂 Keep smiling.

    • pamelahodges

      Smiling today Shelley. Thank you for the encouragement.

  • Actually, I’m trying to find my smile again. I wore it for a while yesterday but it keeps slipping off. I know about grief, and I know it takes time, but I don’t feel like giving it the time it takes. For now, I feel I’m watching more than being a part of.

    • This is so understandable Anne. Grief is so hard and it has a mind of it’s own which is often so different from our desires. I know you know it, but it’s okay to feel whatever you are feeling whenever you are feeling it. A big hug for you today!

    • pamelahodges

      Your smile keeps slipping off. I know where it is. Your smile is in God’s pocket. He is watching over you and holding you in his arms. I am sending you a hug as well.

  • Bless you for speaking truth here

  • writekimwrite

    Some days are like this and it is an act of bravery to carry on. Praying for strength and renewal. It may be your willingness to really listen to someone today might be the exact blessing needed.

    • pamelahodges

      I found someone who needed me to listen. That made all the difference.

  • I am still on my March Break, but today I am sick so I will take a ‘sick day’ on my break. I know that feeling of not wanting to participate in the world, Pamela. Sometimes, after pushing myself to carry on, I feel better at the end of the day.

    • pamelahodges

      I did feel better at the end of the day. I hope you feel better as well.

  • I actually have a sick day, a real one. In fact, this is my fourth. I don’t like it. I want a pretend one or another day as Kathleen suggests.

    I bet when it’s all over, you’ll be glad you were there. Then, you will write about it.

    • pamelahodges

      Shelley, I am sorry you don’t feel well. I hope you feel better soon. The gym class went well. I am glad I was there to encourage the slower students.

  • I just wish I had an extra day between Saturday and Sunday. That would fix everything.

    • pamelahodges

      I want one as well. If your figure out how to get one, please let me know.