“39 percent of Americans, more than 43 million people, still struggle without paid time off to recover from an illness or seek medical care,” states the Bureau of Labor Statistics. So even my previous situation of not wanting to use my paid sick time speaks to my privileged existence.
I have a supervisor who puts me first. She doesn’t make me feel like I have to choose between my family and my career.
I have health insurance for children so I know I can take them to the doctor when they are sick.
I have a job where I can rearrange my schedule to make accommodations for a day that didn’t go as planned.
I have paid sick leave so I will still be able to pay my bills this month.
I moved her to my bed where she slept for four hours. She needed it. As she slept and I wrote, I thought of all the children out there whose parents love them more deeply than the Grand Canyon, but who must send them to school sick because of their work circumstances. I am fortunate for so many reasons, but being present for my children when they need me is my biggest treasure.