The little blue clay owl I made is thinking about whether he ought to jump into the hole I drew. I used to make these little clay owls and for awhile I was interested in anamorphic art. So, I drew this little hole just to try it out. Faked that owl right out didn’t I?
Caregiving Vignettes “On our Toes”
Like the little owl, I sometimes am on edge. Maybe because I have to “stay on my toes”, alert, at the ready. That’s why it is good we can get some time off, the thing that in caregiving lingo they call “respite”.
Respite Care for him
We get respite care at our neighborhood adult day care center three times a week. Most of the attendees there are in their 80’s and 90’s. But, then there’s my husband who is just 70 years old. They play games, make seasonal crafts, sing songs (which is his favorite), and listen to music. He begins getting excited about going there but not necessarily in a nice way. It’s more in a keyed up way. And, when he’s there he’s keyed up about when I’m picking him up. So, He’s keyed up all the way there and then worn out and frustrated from having been there on the way home. But, it is respite for us. It means my daughter and I can get lunch out.
The Spa … for me?
Sometimes I think it would be nice to have him go to respite care and for me to go to the spa with massage hot tub and facial. I really ought to book myself such an adventure.
But, what I normally do is run around and do the errands I can’t do when I have him with me (and did I mention I cannot leave him home alone and neither can I leave him with our daughter). I enjoy grocery shopping by myself. I will spend an hour in the grocery store. It takes that long to be a smart shopper. But, possibly I just like it there. They play the best music and there are all those possibilities of me being a budding gourmet chef right in my own kitchen.
Then I come home and paint or right now fiddle with the Patreon account I am creating where I will upload videos of my creative process involved in my paintings. I like being at home with him gone. It seems so peaceful. Sometimes I almost forget to pick him up.
I count my blessings about the respite center and I tell that little shiny blue owl to step away from the edge. That hole might be deep.