Monday, October 15, 2012

Monday Motivation — Sick

By Shel Silverstein

"I cannot go to school today,"
said little Peggy Ann McKay.
"I have the measles and the mumps,
A gash, a rash and purple bumps.
My mouth is wet, my throat is dry, 
I'm going blind in my right eye.
My tonsils are as big as rocks,
I've counted sixteen chicken pox
And there's one more - that's seventeen,
And don't you think my face looks green?
My leg is cut, my eyes are blue,
It might be instamatic flu.
I cough and sneeze and gasp and choke,
I'm sure that my left leg is broke-
My hip hurts when I move my chin,
My belly button's caving in,
My back is wrenched, my ankle's sprained,
My 'pendix pains each time it rains.
My nose is cold, my toes are numb.
I have a sliver in my thumb.
My neck is stiff, my voice is weak,
I hardly whisper when I speak.
My tongue is filling up my mouth,
I think my hair is falling out.
My elbow's bent, my spine ain't straight,
My temperature is one-o-eight.
My brain is shrunk, I cannot hear,
There is a hole inside my ear.
I have a hangnail, and my heart is - what?
What's that? What's that you say?
You say today is... Saturday?
G'bye, I'm going out to play!"   

This poem from Where The Sidewalk Ends has been a favorite since I first read it in second grade. I memorized it then and I'll occasionally recite it in order to dramatize any sickness that I may have. 

It’s sad that it takes an unexpected weekend sick day to realize how much I treasure my days off from working. I went to sleep Friday night feeling fine with lots of fun plans for Saturday. I was looking forward to a morning run (nothing beats a solid run outside this time of year), leisurely enjoying my coffee while catching up on blogs and TV, a bit of shopping, a pumpkin carving party with friends, and a birthday dinner out with the husband.  Unfortunately, things did not go as planned when I woke up with a fever, chills, and aches and pains. I spent the morning in bed and could just barely muster the energy to move to the couch where I spent the remainder of the day. By Sunday, I felt much better so I attributed it to one of those mysterious "24 hour bugs" instead of the West Nile Virus.

So what, what's that you say - what's my motivation for today?  Enjoy every single minute of your Saturday, or whatever day you have off for that matter. It's no fun to spend it being sick! Work for the weekend this week and live it up once it's here. Stay healthy, friends. 


Tracy said...

AHHHHHH! The same thing happened to me this weekend too! What a bummer! Glad your feeling better!

Lindsey Gerrish said...

I LOVE this poem and all of Shel Silverstein poems/books. I memerized this one as a kid too, and was also a fan of Hungry Mungry which was in A Light in Attic :) Thanks for quick trip down memory lane, and glad you feel better now!