Weekending into Wellness

[In words, then pictures]

Wellness came slow
after a week in quarantine,
canceled trip across the state,
If you get on the ferry, you shouldn’t get out of your car,
said the Health Department.
Three kids and six days inside,
always a tear, a cough to fill the moments.
I enjoyed the days in fleece pajamas, the stories read
and the snuggles and hand holding,
naps stretching into afternoon’s darkness,
pancakes for supper and
movies with Rainbow Bright, My Little Pony, Barbie’s Charm School
(or, as Olive called them Bright-Bright, Pony-Pony and Barbs).
But, getting out meant only letting the dog out
and I started to feel so locked up.
All signs pointed to pertussis,
There’s an outbreak on the island,
said the Health Department.
We had our vaccinations, but that didn’t matter.

All signs pointed to pertussis; 

we took all our meds
and coughed long into the night.
Friends called, dropped by mochas and food and love,
a stack of trashy celebrity magazines.
We continue to wait for the swab results,
but whatever it is,
it’s left us
and we all left the house for this:
Day Seven, America Camp
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:::
linking with Amanda from the lovely The Habit of Being

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