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A Faint Distant Light


Not My Choice

I was sleeping soundly

My wife has been sick for three days

She missed one day of work and used her two days off to get better

With a darn head cold

Blowing her nose a zillion times

At last count

She has been coughing on and off all night

Even after taking medicine

Now she has a left earache

As a husband, I do what I can do

Helping out wherever I am needed

I get breakfast and make sure she takes her medicine

Do the food shopping that we normally do together

Comforting her and saying I love you

Still it is never enough

I keep telling her

Get plenty of sleep

Your body will help fight the cold on it's own

She has been eating good and no temperature

So when she is on wits end

I roll out of bed and think

For the few times in a year that my wife is not feeling well

I have to wait until this passes

She received a cold the same time last year

The same thing happened all over again

When I grew up

My mother said I was a carrier

I would get a slight sniffle or a cough

Then pass it on to everyone else

I don't know if it is true

The truth is the other day I had a little sneeze and a cough

I feel fine now

My wife is the unknown victim

So many things we don't know about life

As I watch the light across the field

I am not sure what it lights

The morning will lead to another beautiful day

Unless you're my wife

Under the weather and can't wait to get better


DREAM ON (author) on November 17, 2019:

Gypsy Rose Lee We have all been there. Down and out. Everything seems to be put on hold. Dragging on until one day we are all better. I am so happy one of us is healthy to take care of the other one. I feel bad when you were sick last time and I am glad you are healthy once again. I think we all try to do what we can to stay healthy and sickness gets pushed way out of our minds. Thank you for all your words of support and my wife is slowly starting to feel better. Her voice sounds less hoarse and less coughing. Day five.We are trying to go to work and still do what we have to do. A few appointments had to be cancelled and resceduled not to get anyone else sick. My wife says thank you. Happy Sunday may it be warmer and a lot more to your liking.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on November 16, 2019:

I hate being under the weather and right now it is freezing cold for us here in Florida. Rainy and breezy and cold so I have to be careful not to get sick. I sure hope your wife feels much better soon, Hope you both have a good weekend,

DREAM ON (author) on November 16, 2019:

Audrey Hunt The title represents what I feel when I help her and can do little as the cold has to run its course. So it's nice to hear what I don't always see. I want her to be well and even the smallest help makes her day brighter. When we are able to make it through the rough patches the good times become great times and we get to appreciate all of them. Thank you for reading and sharing. I hope you enjoy a wonderful Saturday.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on November 15, 2019:

Oh, the dreaded common cold! May your wife be back to her former self soon. She is indeed blessed to have such a caring, loving husband!

DREAM ON (author) on November 15, 2019:

Kari Poulsen I have told my wife the little secret she said oh thank you for sharing. I feel fine, maybe I have a higher resistance to colds. People in my work are sick I could have got it from them. I just keep passing the fun around. I remember mothers always saying that kids always bring home colds from school. Thank you for reading and commenting. My wife appreciates the get well wishes and hopes you are healthy too. Happy Friday.

Kari Poulsen from Ohio on November 15, 2019:

I find this sweet and amusing. Is she an unwitting victim? Maybe. I once had strep throat with no symptoms, you could have the flu without I guess. Have a wonderful day and tell your wife I hope she is well soon!

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