under the weather

I have been under the weather the past few days. (That’s a great expression, especially here in western Washington. I looked up the origin of the expression and found it has nautical origins. The most common explanation is that a sailor who is sick is sent below decks where he is protected from the weather. So I guess I’ve been actually under the weather, because I have spent most of the time in the house.) I couldn’t do the things I normally do without great effort. I had no energy. It is difficult to let go of good health. When I feel normal and full of energy, it’s impossible for me to relate to people who are not well. I think—or say—“why don’t they just get up and start exercising?” When I found myself in the same situation, I had no energy to get up and go, especially after I got stung by a wasp and had to take Benadryl, which keeps me groggy for

a foggy morning

a foggy morning

days. So I guess it’s a good lesson for me. Walk a mile in another’s shoes. Maybe by letting go of health and vigor I will become more compassionate.

About dmdubay

Since retiring from Northwest Airlines and moving to the Pacific Northwest, I have more time to devote to writing. My first novel, "Tales of Two Sisters" was published over a year ago. I have been writing poetry for a long time and am attempting to collate my poetry into a short book, with pictures. A sequel to "Tales of Two Sisters" should be getting closer to completion soon. Gardening and tending the vineyard take a lot of time in the summer. Even though I love the outdoors, these activities do cut down on my writing. So I appreciate that wintertime allows me time to write. Writing, for me, is what brings things into focus and helps me to make sense of the things that life brings. It is a gift to me and I hope that it will be to you also.
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