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Here we are well into 2020, the best (20) and the worse (20) of it all. How’s your cabin fever coming along? Has it sunk your boat yet? I pray not. Being older than dirt and twice as gritty, I felt I had perceived it all. Thanks be to Providence's care I am quick to say not yet. There, I’ve broken my long-standing traditional philosophy of not mentioning a happening until it happens,
“How long has this been going on?” My response, “How long has what been going on?” Maybe I have lost it just a tad, my memory that is. Guess it has slowly crept away through my thinning head of hair.
You see, I was out for my routine walk the other day and found a most precious shiny rock. I didn’t know what to call it, so I took it for granite. At least I have not lost my sense of humor.
Q: Why did the cookie go to the doctor?
A: It was feeling crumby!
(Today’s Humor Calendar)
Now I ask you again. How are you really doing, are you feeling crumby? “It may just be the way the cookie crumbles,” you say.
More important than all the aforementioned jokes, is still my spiritual guidance from the carpenter’s Son. You know the One. The One who is truly and properly God, and truly and properly man. (John 1:1-2, 14) Yes, all things do work together for good for us believers. (Romans 8:28-29)
So, I trust you will enjoy this down-to-earth, homespun humor sprinkled in fiction entitled “WHEN CALLS CABIN FEVER"
“For You have been a strength to the poor, A strength to the needy in his distress, A refuge from the storm, A shade from the heat; For the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.” (Isaiah 25:4)
In the literal storms of today’s society, the pressure we are now experience due to this all-consuming pandemic and what it brings with it, the physical, mental, and emotional reactions have hit us hard. The storms of life wear us out and bring us down, but we can always turn to our Creator, God. He is our Rock, Refuge, Shadow, and Shelter.
Yes, we all are very concerned with this as it's a most unusual time for this great freedom-loving nation of ours. Many buzz words are now floating around, some positive, some negative; such as “House Arrest,” Sheltering in Place,” “Stay Home, Stay Safe,” “Social Distancing,” “Mask Control,” and the one word associated with this blog, “Cabin Fever.”
What are your feelings, pro and con, with respect to this pandemic? Human Nature being what it is, emotions can run high or low. People can become lawless, or remain civil.
Professionals often tell us that during a crisis such as this pandemic, the simplest task may escalate. One may develop a false sense of security or become stricken with fabricated concern. The stress may actually react badly on our nerves. Thus, this little personal life blog is written for you to enjoy its fiction and its lightheartedness. So, let's look ahead to the positive. Here goes!
The warm Spring sun had finally appeared from the shadows of night, breaking the sound and feel of winter. As I walked from the house, picking up the morning fish-wrapper, I couldn’t help but wonder what would be the news of the day.
As usual, it didn’t take long finding out. The bold heading was my answer as usual; it was more of the same. Not six more weeks of winter, but the much-dreaded extended house arrest, which I have so dutifully labeled “cabin fever.”
Groundhog Day’s “Punxsutawney Phil must have seen his proverbial shadow, associating the extended winter with this extended house arrest.
Its effect bugs me to no end! “Why in a free country, this time of house arrest?” I asked myself as I hurriedly scampered back into the house. I didn't want to break the law, you know.
This upsurge of the cabin fever had just about gotten to me. If you are like me, you may be spending much time finding ways to engage your once-useful brain during this tragic event.
For me, it’s the little things I would have otherwise overlooked during the course of the day. These things bug me no end, my patience being uncontrollably frayed for the time being.
There are haunting sounds within the home. Sounds I had never before noticed; floors popping and cracking, as they react to the changing temperature, the air conditioner’s on and off squeaking, the distinctive sound of the kitchen refrigerator ice maker. The grandfather clock in the hall announces the time, every hour on the hour, and the normal quarter-hour beeps.
There is a persistent bumping of the small living room clock pendulum as it hits the side of the clock base. For some unknown reason, the clock base seems to be constantly moving ever so slightly. I’ll square the clock in position so as to even up the pendulum to the center. Then as soon as I leave the room the pendulum will invariably start its knocking again, as if to say, “I got you again.”
The dish washer, clothes washer and dryer make irritating sounds that I never before realized. I guess it surely beats those old Gunsmoke TV days of scrub boards in the dead of winter, and pumping water outside in freezing cold weather.
The outside neighborhood sights and sounds are worrisome as well. There is the midnight train whistle, the rush hour traffic beeping to have the road cleared, and the clanging of the garbage truck pickups.
Don't forget the haunting, ghostly sights of an otherwise peaceful night; silent, ghostly shadows floating on the bedroom wall, in and out of my dream world.
Then there’s the neighborhood young ones screaming while out riding bikes up and down the sidewalks, and oh yes, the next-door neighbors’ dogs barking as the mail truck whizzes by.
Simply put, it's these little distractions that before made no difference to my emotions. But today’s reality really bugs me to no end. Yes, you can certainly attribute it to the rise in cabin fever. Why have I missed all these sights and sounds before? Guess I was too busy with my otherwise mundane life style; mid-morning nibble snacks, a much-needed beauty sleep that I call a cat nap, and the routine gossip-laden phone calls to my retired partner in crime. “What do we talk about?” “Why the Fifties of course.”
Enough of the unpleasantries of my home encounters: back to the task at hand. Sad to say, grumbling seems to be the order of the day. It doesn’t take long these days to find a fellow-grumbler. All one need do is visit the local supermarket, the cashier will be more than willing to chime in. It’s all a byproduct of this cabin fever frustration.
Is it that we have lost our most important sense, that being the sense of accountability? We may not be able to jump in our vehicle and tool down to our favorite restaurant for that big juicy streak and all the trimmings, but we can still give an account for our actions, be they weak or strong. After all, is it not still home sweet home for us all? So, let’s take the straw off the camel’s back. Amen!
“How long will you people turn My glory into shame? How long will you love delusions and seek false gods?” (Psalm 4:2)
After reading this little whopper, come the next office water cooler reunion, you might want to share a bit of this fiction blog with your friends. They ‘ll probably look at you, with the same disgust as always and exclaim, “Wow! Was it really you or simply more of your well-known dream tales? We get the picture; however, we too are oftentimes in the same sinking boat” giving out the all-too-familiar laugh. Your response will be, “Blame it all on cabin fever.” End of tale.
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