Monday, December 16, 2013

Stunning the world (or an overuse of superlatives)

I woke up this morning with my head filled with cotton, and when I got out of bed I staggered, slanted across the room and into the boys' bedroom to wake Henry for school. After he left, I lay back down and wondered if I was having a stroke. I felt dramatic. It's been a long time coming, I imagined. You'd deserve it. I pecked a few times at my phone, read the ten warning signs, and texted a friend. Go smile at yourself in the mirror, she wrote. See if it's even. I stood up again and slanted toward the bathroom where I stood in front of the mirror and smiled. Both ends of my lips curled upward, and I looked old. It's an even smile, I think I texted back, and my friend reassured me that it was probably an inner ear thing. I went back to sleep. My head still feels like cotton, but I'm no longer staggering and my temper is short. On the way to Oliver's saxophone lesson, a song came on the radio, and we wondered if it was Beyonce. I'll look it up, Oliver said, and he grabbed my phone. Beyonce stuns the world with her new album, he read, and little tufts of cotton blew out of my ears and floated around the car.


  1. You need some rest babe.
    Sending love.

  2. I couldn't pick Beyonce out of a line-up of two and for all I know, her new album DOES stun the world but so far, it has not stunned mine as far as I can tell.
    I think that Theresa is right- you do need some rest. Your body is telling you so. Rest and a break. Is that possible?
    As always, your words, unlike Beyonce's music, stuns me completely. Thank you.

  3. Glad your smile is even. And your humor intact. xo

  4. yes yes and yes your writing is superlative

  5. Blame it on perimenopause, which seems to be the root of all evil at this juncture.

  6. Try Eppley's maneuver. It helps with vertigo. Worth a try anyway. Just google it. Take care.

  7. I barely know who Beyonce is, much less what she sounds like. But if she cured you, great! :)

    1. Oh, good Lord, Steve! I couldn't tell you a Beyonce song if my life depended on it! The fact that "they" use such strong language to describe her music just cracked me up.

  8. I just wrote a long ass blog post entitled The Pop Liberation of Beyonce and had so much fun writing it :) Her album makes me happy, and happy is gold. Speaking of golden, your writing is golden. Hug to you, straight smiling friend.

  9. Oh dear. Hope you feel okay today.
    Oddly, the skies up here looked like they were filled with cotton yesterday. Was that .....because of you?

  10. I agree with the perimenopause comment, and I intend to get to the bottom of it as soon as I can because I think it is the root cause of my recent troubles. I have heard much ballyhoo about this new Beyonce album in feminism circles because she apparently uses the "f" word quite liberally and unabashedly and people are excited about her using her platform for this purpose. I asked my girls this morning if they had heard any of the new album and they both looked at me with one eyebrow raised. Not their thing. I guess I'll have to listen to it on my own and see what it's all about. Especially now that she has blown the cotton from your ears.

    Take care, my dear.



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