So, I have a full time job. And I need it to pay the rent, the student loans and the rest of the nonsense.
Mom no longer is interested in such things. She likes her ice cream and watching movies with me. Every day she asks what I am doing tomorrow and about 4 of 5 times that I say I have to go to work, she suggests that I call in sick. She even typically suggests that she could do the call for me since I think she imagines me unable to fake sickness as effectively. She does some terrible fake coughs to demonstrate her superior faking sick abilities.
Sometimes it is tempting of course. A free parentally endorsed sick pass– what I would have given for that 25 years ago! Sometimes I wish so much that I could stay home and treasure this last mostly good period with her. Though there’s a lot if stress for me, we spend a lot of time joking and in happy shared moments. I know Mom treasures her time with me. She looks forward to when I come home from work to hang out with her. She loves holidays and snow days when I am home all day. And mostly I do too; calling in sick for the year sometimes sounds pretty right on.