Lately I've been playing nursemaid to the Significant Other, who underwent a major surgical procedure recently. It has meant that I'm doing all of my normal duties (plus working full time) as well as S.O.'s duties, plus fetch-and-carry for the dear S.O. I'm so tired sometimes my bones hurt, but while I was ruminating on my own tiredness this morning, a little voice in my ear quietly reminded me that this is a wonderful lesson. Yes, I am learning some invaluable things. Compassion. Selflessness. Patience. A greater empathy.
While I wouldn't wish any pain on my S.O., still, these lessons have deepened me somehow. And that makes it all (almost) worth it.
I'm off -- duty calls.