Veruca Salt and a Plan to Rest
This asthma kid of mine, what a schedule she’s been keeping lately.
Last week, 2-hour dress rehearsals for her school play, Willy Wonka, Jr., with a midweek volleyball practice thrown in the mix, too. Thursday, she sang in the chorus for the understudies’ night performance, and Friday night she was Veruca Salt:
And I mean, she was Veruca. She’s always been a natural performer and she looked fearless as she stomped around the stage throwing mini-Veruca tantrums in a British accent. And talk about loud? Kid can project. Here she is singing her solo:
Yes, we shot video, but technical difficulties set in. Trust me, the whole play was hilarious and wonderful. Look how she glowed afterwards:
How gorgeous is this kid?
We finally dragged the girls away from their friends and the cast party that night, and everybody went to bed late. Saturday brought two back-to-back volleyball games and a family dinner, followed by the usual 2-hour volleyball clinic on Sunday.
And on the seventh day, she rested.
A long time ago, I realized one of the best ways to help my kid stay as active as she wanted but still maintain her health was to make the conscious effort to schedule some downtime into her life. It’s counter-intuitive, to plan to rest, but you do what you gotta. When she was a toddler and a little kid, that meant naptime. Kids will just play and play and play until they collapse, and that didn’t always work out for my daughter. Fatigue is one of her triggers and it often hits her all at once, and she’ll get sick or start flaring because her defenses are down.
So this past Sunday afternoon was for books and video games and movies, and this morning she woke up bright and healthy for school. Making sure she has time to relax doesn’t always work, but this time it did.