I’ve been reminded of how my grandma, mom and aunts used to take care of me when I had a cold or flu while growing up as a little girl in Mexico. If I break it down, the main theme of their plan-of-care was that everything had to be warm or hot, including me.
Our town was higher than Denver, a little over 6000 feet, in fact, so I wasn’t allowed to put my bare feet on the freezing-hard, tile-and-concrete floor, and I was always wrapped, sweatered and otherwise fettered in homemade clothing and covered with blankets next to a box of Kleenex tissues. Sequestered from the outdoors, hot liquids regularly arrived at my bedside including hot chicken soup, lemon tea, lime tea, eucalyptus tea, and, if my stomach bothered me, the ubiquitous cure-all, chamomile tea (like the Windex in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, but better tasting). Most of all, in addition to being bound in fabric and filled with warm liquids, I was smothered in love.
All this reminiscing is as a result of visiting the family homestead again with my own boys. The bowl of chicken soup pictured above I made for my older boy, and his only comment after the first slurp was, “Riquisimo” (the yummiest). I’m not as strict as mama when my boys have a cold. I’m not as likely to turn them into human baked potatoes, for instance, and my mom and aunts are clearly scandalized when my boys are barefooted or wet-headed. But we are completely in accord when it comes to three things: the Chicken soup, the box of Kleenex, and lots and lots of love.
One last note, do you know someone who could use a little extra care right now? If you would like to send a special package to let someone know you are thinking about them, check out Kleenex’s Share Pack and Care Pack.
PS. Don’t drink Windex!!
Disclosure: this is a compensated post in collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect and Kleenex. As always my comments and opinions are my own.