Thursday, February 10, 2011

Free as a caged bird

Alex decided to work herself up into a tizzy over the Nameless Cuttter, and last night she was up until 3 in the morning thinking about who it could be, what she could say and do to help them, what she should do if she sees evidence of it again ....

This morning she looked like crap, with dark circles under her eyes that didn't get there from me punching her. Josh whispered to me that Al should take the day off from life, and it seemed like a good idea. She's never really taken a mental health day before.

So I told her there was good news and bad news. The good? She didn't have to go to school today, and here's $20 to go to lunch or go see a movie or buy magazines or whatever. The bad? Have fun doing the breakfast dishes and cooking dinner for the rest of us tonight.

Overall Alex was happy with the deal, even though we emphasized she had a very small circle to travel in. She went back to sleep, did dishes, went for a walk, watched too much tv, took a bubble bath and very carefully, with several phone calls to me, made an excellent dinner for all of us. Oh, and that twenty bucks? She bought a hot chocolate and flowers, because "even though I am the one having a hard day, maybe flowers can keep you guys from having a day like this."

Tonight when Alex was going to bed, Dani asked if she felt more mentally healthy. Al gave her a shit-eating grin and agreed she was. Kind of thinking it's the best $20 I've spent in a long time.

5 comments:

Nina said...

I want to give you all a hug just reading this. You 3 really are pretty awesome.

Snickollet said...

Best gift ever, and great way to spend it (the time and the money).

Lyndsay said...

LOVE what you gifted your sister and LOVE what she did with that gift!
(I would have spent it all on candy and then felt sick all night.)

Yankee, Transferred said...

You are amazing.

Alisha said...

You, all four of you, are awesome. I love having a window into your lives!