Today, I felt sick. I’ve thrown up thrice – twice during Sinhala class and once when I got home. Not in class though – thank God I was able to make it to the toilet! It is because of a severe case of hyperacidity. And NOT infanticipating as my mom would put it and my younger brother seriously listing it as his Christmas wish to Santa.
Anyway I was really out of it. I have quite a number of things to do today but I slept through the afternoon. When I woke up I didn’t quite know what to do with myself. When I stood up my stomach felt queasy. When I sat down it was a bit more manageable. When I stood up again, there seem to be a newly opened theme park in my belly. I drank medicine and shivered at the taste of water. I knew that this was not good. Add to the fact that I went to the toilet twice in the morning. Now that makes it wrong up and down! I even didn’t dare to eat lunch – just some softened (by time, in short luma na) crackers.
But through it all, I managed to cook rice, defrost the fish, and when I felt a little better fried it, sliced some tomatoes and set up the dining table for dinner. I realized this is what being a housewife (with no helper) is all about. But more importantly this is what being married is all about. You do what you have to do, in sickness and in health. Of course that could mean many other things but tonight it was because I knew hubby had a long day at work and in as much as I’m not feeling well I knew that he would have a more tiring day than I, would have to deal with terrible rainy rush hour traffic and would come home hungry. I called him earlier today and asked him to buy some stuff (Gatorade, banana, etc.) and come home early so he could cook. But as soon as I felt like I could have a normal time preparing the food, smelling the fish and all, I jumped right down to business. I want dinner to be ready once hubby comes home. I mustered all my strength to prepare food for him (and myself – thankfully they are being properly digested as I write this). At that moment I realized that I was so married. And with that small act of love, I actually lived true to my vow.
In sickness and in health, I am your wife.