Moss, is humor writer from Tennessee. She writes a
weekly human interest column about daily life and the funny
things that happen to everyone.
She has written for the Daily News of Kingsport, Griffin Journal,
Oakridge Now, Atlanta Woman Magazine, Aberdeen Examiner, Angleton
Advocate, and Smyrna AM, a supplement of the Murfreesboro Daily News
Journal. She has been
published by Voyageur Press, McGraw Hill, and the good folks
at Guidepost Books. Her articles have appeared in
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||Happy Flu Year....
is over for the year and it must have been merry for some folks.
The rest of us were too busy fighting bad colds and the viruses
to be very merry. They say, misery loves company, and I
seem to have a lot company with my misery this year.
I donít know why, but every time a holiday comes around
lately, I am sick. Honestly, it is not because Iím trying
to get out of fixing dinner for the family. Normally,
Iím never sick, but my resistance isn't resisting as it
should. At Thanksgiving the only thing I had to be thankful for
was a miserable sinus infection.
And being the eager type, I was the first one at the office to
be sick this season. I hate being first as I feel like
Iím getting the fish eye as if I am faking it and only trying
to get out of work. I figured that sooner or later,
whatever was going around would catch up with the rest of them.
About Christmas time I noticed the office was suddenly strangely
empty. Everyone was calling in sick right and left.
Boy, I thought smugly, Iím sure glad I've had the crud already
and Iím over it. Now they will see how I felt.
Just because you've had the bug doesnít mean you can get it
again. In spite of my previous round with illness and the
flu shot I so bravely stood in line to get in October, I caught
the crud again. While everyone else at the office stayed at
home and nursed their misery, I worked. I had already
taken my sick time. Besides, since everyone was sick already, so
I couldnít give them anything else even if I tried.
Next thing I knew, my honey had it. He seldom misses work,
but whatever it is was going around his office too. He
hates to go to the doctor, so when he decided to, I knew he must
be really sick.
Before long my daughter was complaining about a sore throat and
wanting to go to the doctor. More misery.
At Christmas my granddaughter was sick and had been to the
doctor. I hadnít been around her, so it had to come from
somewhere else. I hate it when kids are sick.
I checked the Internet to see if there was an epidemic.
None that I could find, but they seem not to know the people I
My other daughter called and left a voice mail message -- at
least I thought it was my daughter. Her voice was so
hoarse, I really wasnít sure.
I called her back, ďWe are all sick,Ē she squeaked. We
are putting Christmas off for a few days so we can get well.
Good grief, is there no one that isnít sick? Misery may
love company, but not enough to spoil Christmas for the entire
I think Iím about over it now -- for the second time. Iím
hoping to break the circle of contagion by taking a few days off
for the holidays.
If misery loves company, then I donít want to be company for a
while. Iíve done my tour already and Iíd like to call
If anyone hasnít had the flu yet, please donít come around.
If thereís one thing I donít want more than anything
else, itís a happy flu year.
Copyright 2008 Sheila Moss
Nashville, TN 37219
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