I’ve become friends with a lovely woman over the past few months and she invited me to her annual gingerbread house decorating party last night. I’ve known about it for a few months and was really looking forward to it. But as it would happen, daughter spiked a fever the day before and husband and I spent most of the night up with her holding her hair back as she threw up. She was lethargic the next day with a fever hovering around 39-40ºC and a deep chest cough. She was at times delirious from sheer fatigue and the fever was just not letting up despite regular 4 hour dosing of Tylenol.
I was exhausted by the end of the day and when she finally did fall asleep around 5pm I looked down at her with a tremendous feeling of guilt because I knew I was leaving her for the night to attend the party. Guilt because I was so looking forward to spending an evening with a group of women I barely knew to drink wine and decorate gingerbread houses. Husband knew how much I was looking forward to the evening and even in his exhausted state took our son to the grocery store to get a list of food and wine for me to bring. He truly is a wonderful man.
Earlier in the week, I had gone to the local bulk food store to get supplies for decorating the gingerbread house. I may have gone a little overboard! Have I mentioned yet that I have never decorated a gingerbread house? I really had no concept of how much candy one would need. It turned out I wasn’t the only one who went overboard!
My friend supplied all of the gingerbread houses and when I walked into her house I was giddy with excitement to see everything set up. A few ladies had planned ahead and were quite determined to wine the “contest”. There was a Florida themed house and another house that depicted a certain celebrity in the media who has been under much scrutiny lately for his sexual practices. The thought and decorating precision that went into these houses was quite impressive.
And my house? Pretty wholesome in comparison.
Needless to say, it was a great night and thankfully daughter woke up this morning with no fever!