Pain is not fun. I never really thought about how I would handle pain when I grew old. I am not old but daily I battle continual nagging pain. It usually isn’t enough to reach for the aleve but some days I should reach for it instead of just gutting it out. Thankfully my family knows the signs. Each of them has a way of helping. The littles just ask for hugs a lot & those help. But more and more my oldest daughter, Elizabeth, has been stepping in to the role of my helper.
At 14 she could be the whiner. She could give me the eye roll & sarcastic responses. Mostly though she just says “Go sit down. I will do this” She’s blunt and bosses me around but I think that I know where she gets that. There is a soft heart hidden under that gruff exterior.
So yesterday when I came home from an afternoon of errands(which she let me run alone while she watched her younger brother & sister) & I needed to just sit. When I asked her to put away the groceries she did it alone with out complaining. I know this is unusual. I am SO thankful for my helper who isn’t so little anymore.