I wake up late to find Skye snuffling but still fast asleep, buried in the duvet beside me. She was up most of the night coughing and yesterday I had sent her to school thinking she was OK, but had received an accusing phone call from the teachers a couple of hours later.
"Your daughter non c'e la fa (she can't manage). She seems tired and maybe even has la febbre, a fever."
Back home, she suddenly made a miraculous recovery and bounded around the house gleefully until I suggested she do the homework that the teachers had given her, whereas she collapsed weakly to the floor, emphasising how ill she was by groaning, coughing and holding her head. But then when she went to bed, she started coughing for real, and didn't sleep much, so no school today.
Outside it is sunny, breezy and a freakishly warm 20 degrees. It woulod be nice to go to the beach, but what is the protocol with a child off school due to a bad cough? Do I have to keep her in bed all day? Are we allowed out at all, even if just to the farmacia to get some cough sweets? One is probably not supposed to take an ill child to the beach, but it is so warm and sunny outside, how can it do harm?
I take my cup of tea outside and checxk on the creams and scrubs I made a couple of days ago. I lay out the squares I have made for a possible blanket, minus those destroyed. Skye, trying to be helpful decided to cut off all the ends that I had not yet weaved in, so the whole thing unravelled into strands or colourful wool. I think about tomorrow. Carlo has a day off so maybe we could do something fun while the weather is so nice.
As if on cue the death bell from the church starts chiming its sombre warning.I sigh, Carlo will, it seems, not be having a day off tomorrow, after all.