Story Telling

Forty Eight Hours


a bed of winter leaves

Forty-eight hours. They’ve dragged by at a snail’s pace between episodes of nose wiping, eye drying and the frantic hydration of tiny bodies. Racing from room to room with tissues, drinks, blankets and warm, loving hugs you would think that the hours would pass much quicker, yet one glance at the clock says otherwise.

Forty-eight hours these red and tired eyes have been open. At the critical moment – on the very edge of that cliff that promises to throw me deep down into the depths of sleep – a cry, a whimper, a chain of coughs call me back and I pull my protesting body back up over those rocks and do my duty as the mother that I am.

But oh how I long for that dark, echoing place where slumber waits. Down there on a bed of crisp wintering leaves, I say “Good eve” to my long suffering muse. There she waits with arms outstretched and dreams upon her brow. Her hair glistens with night frost while her eyes are deep pools of sparkling promise. Dreams and words and the flow of inspiration lives here. If I strain my ears hard enough I might pick up a whisper on the cold night air, or the faint sound of laughter from a happier place.

Yet the image fades as reality beckons and I shake off the clutches of sister sleep, bidding farewell to that quiet and sacred place.

Forty-eight hours. They’ve dragged by at a snail’s pace.

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Stacey's a Social Media Community Manager by day and a self-confessed Geek by night. With boy/girl twins and an older son, she's got mum hacks coming out of her ears. Likes: overpopulated book shelves and shiny things. Dislikes: wearing socks.


  1. Oh my it’s horrible when you can’t get sleep and little ones are ill – I do hope you manage some soon xxx

  2. its the worse thing ever when little ones are really poorly i do sympathise and not getting much sleep makes the woirry an time pass by so much more slowly and painfully. i hope little one soon gets back to full health and you get some much needed rest x x
    love the photo x

    • It’s a lovely photo isn’t it? I can’t take credit for it however, one of the many gorgeous images to be found in the public domain!

  3. *passes ale and scones* Big hugs Stacey. It’s always crappy when one gets ill then passes it on to another child or adult.I hope you get a break and aren’t doing it all on your own.

    • Mmmm scones. Nom nom. Sadly I did have to do it on my own, however after my OH joining in last night, he now realises how flipping hard it is!

  4. Louisa says

    I am in a similar sleep deprived state at the moment. I hope you get some respite soon x

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