Home com­forts or cabin fever?

Marlborough Express - The Saturday Express, Marlborough - - WHAT’S ON - LEE GRIGGS


When start­ing this col­umn last week, I didn’t an­tic­i­pate hav­ing to give up the se­crets of what a ‘doesn’t-stay-at-home dad’ does when he has to stay home, es­pe­cially so early on.

But with the com­bi­na­tion of cold rainy days fall­ing di­rectly on ‘ Daddy days’ (my days of care), and Ge­orge’s bot­tom teeth giv­ing him a dis­tinct lack of hu­mour, I didn’t feel it was fair to drag him out­side un­less I re­ally had too.

So what is the an­swer to the ques­tion? What does a ‘doesn’tstay-at-home dad’ do when forced to stay at home?

Well, I take in­spi­ra­tion from those days that you spend out­side hik­ing or bik­ing for hours on end, those times when all you crave is a good hearty feed and to put your feet up be­side a warm cosy fire.

So this morn­ing Ge­orge and I ral­lied around and got all the house­hold chores taken care of, beds made, the kitchen cleaned, vac­u­um­ing was done; al­beit with Ge­orge on one arm and the vac­uum in the other.

Ge­orge helped me carry pine cones in­side to stoke the fire and we set­tled in for story time. Ge­orge would to and fro be­tween fire­side and book box. By noon and a gen­tle toast­ing by the fire, Ge­orge was ready for his nap.

And with Ge­orge asleep, I got on with the hearty meal part of cabin fever. Dic­ing some pump­kin, car­rots and gar­lic I popped them into the oven to roast. The base for a de­li­cious pump­kin soup.

Time ticked on, Ge­orge woke, and the pump­kin was ready. Just add some stock, a quick blend, and throw in some crusty bread to com­plete the meal. A good end to a day stuck in­side. Not to men­tion I may have scored some brownie points with my wife Ally, for mak­ing home­made soup.

Ev­ery­thing was go­ing swim­mingly un­til the fi­nal moment. Ally re­turned home, the soup was warm­ing ... no it wasn’t, it was burn­ing. Damn. Was it the re­sult of cabin fever? Or just dad’s cook­ing?

Lee Griggs re­lieves the cabin fever by read­ing son Ge­orge books by the fire.

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