Feeling A Little Bit Better

by | Mar 4, 2019 | Articles | 0 comments

There’s an old, very bad joke that goes something like this:

It was Christmas, and everyone was feeling merry; so Mary went home.

Then everyone jumped for joy, but Joy jumped out the window.

I know those only work when spoken aloud, and in the #MeToo era, it’s a pretty safe bet to say they don’t work at all anymore. But I think there was once a variant on them involving Goofy…something about getting kicked out of Disneyworld for “feeling Goofy.” You get the idea.

I don’t usually start blog posts with blue humor, but if you’ve read any of my books, you know they’re a lot closer to HBO than to Sesame Street. If you’ve survived Brothers’ Hand or even Miles of Files, the above material wouldn’t likely raise even an eyebrow.

Feeling Bad, Feeling Better

The reason today’s post features a picture of my wife with Goofy, and some cheesy humor, is that we really need a bit of that right now. It’s been a mild winter in Florida – and thank God for it, because the past month or so has been a little rough.

The fun started in mid-February when I got a nasty sinus infection that laid me out for about a week. By the time I started feeling better, I’d sprained my right wrist, which really made February a boatload of laughs. I’m right-handed, and as a writer, I kind of need both wrists. One cortisone shot and some ibuprofen later, I was finally starting to feel like a human being again.

But then it was my wife’s turn to get a sinus infection. I’m not sure she got the same one I did, as her symptoms were different – but she needed some time off too. I think we’ve had one day in the past three weeks where we both felt 100%.

Finally, though, we’re both better…maybe even feeling a bit giddy, if not goofy. Since we’re only about 1.5 hours from Disneyworld, and have three-day passes to use, we decided a little trip to Orlando was in order. Hence today’s “Goofy” photo and theme.

All this not-so-magic stuff reminds me a bit of a post from a couple months ago called Roll With the Punches, Baby. Yes, sometimes you do. And sometimes – even if you haven’t just won something big – you have to jump in your car and say, “I’m going to Disneyworld!”

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