Daddy’s Here

My Joe’s been sick, Amy read. Keep him in your prayers. She scrolled through her news feed, her finger moving faster and faster.

We’ve all tested positive.

Been down for a month.

Feeling better, but still have trouble with stairs.

Pray for my David. He’s never been sicker.

“You don’t know that’s what he has.” Matt stood in the doorway. She hadn’t heard him come in.

Amy’s eyes fixed on his silhouette. She turned back to her phone, then down to the blanket-bundle on the bed. “But he has a fever.”

Matt came forward. He placed a hand over the screen, pulled it from her grasp, and set it on the nightstand. He kneeled beside the bed. “I know, but you’ve been reading bad news all day. Maybe longer.”

Amy sighed. Another tear escaped down her cheek.

“Here.” He moved the comforter aside. Pushing her legs out to hang over the side, he rubbed at them; massaged her feet. “Go shower. I can take over.”

She met his gaze. She hadn’t moved from where he shifted her.

“Please, Amy. He’ll be fine for a few minutes.”

She sighed.


She shifted. He stood. She let him help her rise. She did not let him walk with her. “Stay here.” she said, head raised and eyes locked on his. “I don’t want him to be alone for even a second.”

Matt nodded and moved to the bed. He sat in the same spot she’d vacated. Looking up, he saw her watching. “I’ll stay here. I promise.”

Now she nodded. Her shadow followed her down the hall. The bathroom door closed.

He heard the shower water turn on. The bundle of blankets to his side whimpered and a fist emerged. “Shhhhh,” Matt said, stroking his son’s face. He moved his finger to the fist. It held. “Daddy’s here.”

©2022 Chel Owens

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43 thoughts on “Daddy’s Here

  1. Miriam Hurdle January 25, 2022 / 12:21 pm

    Oh, wow precious the little hand holding daddy’s finger. I could feel the calmness of the baby’s heart. This is lovely, Chelsea!

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  2. Jim Borden January 25, 2022 / 12:32 pm

    so sad, but such a powerful testament to the love of family…

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  3. obbverse January 25, 2022 / 12:40 pm

    Nice switch, Chel. Sometimes it’s hard to see significant others care just as much.

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    • Chel Owens January 25, 2022 / 4:00 pm

      Thank you. I have a difficult time taking time for me when kids are sick. I forget that my husband loves them, too. 🙂

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  4. Marsha January 25, 2022 / 4:43 pm

    I especially love your last comment, Chel. One thing my first husband always said to me when someone was hurt or sick, “Remember that God loves them more than you do.” That always helped me.

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    • Chel Owens January 25, 2022 / 5:02 pm

      Thank you, Marsha. I do forget that others care, in the stress of the moment.


  5. D. Wallace Peach January 25, 2022 / 4:50 pm

    This was a tough one, Chelsea. So emotional. Caring dads (and hubbies) are wonderful.

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      • D. Wallace Peach January 25, 2022 / 5:11 pm

        I wondered, Chelsea. I hope whatever ails you all passes quickly and painlessly. Take good care of yourself and let the hubby pitch in. ❤

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  6. calmkate January 25, 2022 / 6:03 pm

    sick babies are a real struggle as they can’t share their symptoms … pray all parents are as caring Chel!

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  7. petespringerauthor January 25, 2022 / 8:44 pm

    So sweet!

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  8. Nope, Not Pam January 26, 2022 / 3:37 am

    Heart wrenching 🙁

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  9. Norah January 26, 2022 / 4:17 am

    So much emotion. You capture that parent’s fear for a sick child so well.

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  10. Jules January 26, 2022 / 7:59 am

    Folks always think negatively of a fever, but it is the body fighting back. Though I will admit when anyone in my family has gotten a very high fever I too have worried. I do think a positive presense is helpful to healing by those who know and love us… as well as those who are professional care givers. A very comforting read Chel. Thanks.

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    • Chel Owens January 26, 2022 / 9:08 am

      You are right. I’ve learned to panic at a fever -much like my mother telling me my cough didn’t sound healthy and my quick response that it was a very healthy cough because it was finally moving the congestion out!

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  11. Annika Perry January 26, 2022 / 8:15 am

    Chel, well done on this tender story and the ending is heartwarming … such a beautiful image of his finger clasped by the babies hand. I can hear the ahhh from all the readers!

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    • Chel Owens January 26, 2022 / 9:06 am

      ❤ Thank you. The tiny hand holding my finger is one of my favorite parts of having a newborn.

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    • Chel Owens January 26, 2022 / 11:37 pm

      I love sweet dads. ❤


  12. bosssybabe January 27, 2022 / 9:31 am

    Being around a sick baby and feeling helpless is so tough 😦

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