Meeting a friend after a long time is exciting. But what happens when that friend gets too excited and never leaves you alone!
Sort of that happened at our house last week.
Well, the term friend is used loosely in this scenario actually. Cold, headache, sore throat, and a little temperature – that’s who visited our home sweet home last week.
It’s been more than a year since we had our meeting. Usually, I had a standing appointment with these guys every couple of months. But since COVID unleashed its presence in the world, these old friends were kept out of our house. The accidental meetings from school, bus stop, office, grocery store, etc. stopped abruptly.
To be honest, I have stopped thinking about cold and its buddies since covid encroached on my thoughts. The classic case of leaving the old friend for the new one!
But, for them, I was in their thoughts. One fine day, when the dust storm finished its dance around our neighborhood, we got back home from our regular evening walk with my husband sneezing again and again.
That marked the beginning of the meeting with the old friends.
We were suddenly reminded of the olden days of sickness. Cloudy head, leaky nose, scratchy throat – all those fireworks!
Two days later I was the one parading around with a ‘cold case’. Kids also fell sick.
Honestly, it was nice to fall sick and stay in bed for an extended period of time. Falling sick is the body’s way of telling us to slow down. Even though we were staying at home most of the time with remote work and school, we were far from slowing down. It took a cold and fever to get us to pause and take a rest.
Slowly we are recovering. There are days when we feel all is well and we are fine. But then, these friends of ours don’t want to leave us just like that. They want to make this trip memorable. So pops in a headache or a cough on one of the members of the house and we are on alert again.
Oh, the lingering dust storm is performing the part of a wonderful partner in crime.
That was my last week and a half. I couldn’t think or write. It was a different week with lots of bonding with the bed and Vicks VapoRub.