Have yourself a merry little hallucination.

I was in touch with The Youth the other day. And found myself woefully out of touch.

I got my nails done, and the beautiful young woman next to me said she attended the same university I attended, lo those many years ago. Obviously, I had to engage her.

Where klassy people like me get some higher education.

She’s studying engineering, so we were not soul mates. But as her nails dried into a sophisticated pale pink, she mentioned that she was spending Christmas at the beach and then going skiing with friends. She was so excited.

I looked at my bright green nails and smiled.

I don’t know about you, but I never went to the beach or skiing over winter break.

When I was in college, I generally got sick every winter break. Once finals were over, my body was all, “Gurl, no.” But when I developed my usual cold, I fought it with a combo of grit, cable TV, NyQuil, and Halls Menthol-Lyptus Cough Drops.

One night, I woke up to find a Halls cough drop hardcore stuck to the side of my face. I’d sucked on it weird and it was pointy on one end. But in my NyQuil haze, I didn’t think it was a cough drop.

I thought it was a tooth. I was so sick that I thought one of my teeth just up and fell out of my head. And I wasn’t even that upset! I distinctly remember thinking, “Oh. I lost one of my canine teeth. I will deal with this in the morning.”

So, yeah. No beach. No mountains. Only hallucinations and mucous on the frigid tundra of Iowa.

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  • Reply Kari December 23, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    I never went away to college, but I did get to work retail during the holidays.
    So I ended up sick a lot too during those years.
    Because of The People.

    • Reply Becky Brown December 24, 2018 at 7:57 pm

      Ohhh. I firmly believe everyone should work retail during the holidays at least once. But yeah – The People will make you sick in more ways than one.

      And I love you, too!

  • Reply Ernie December 24, 2018 at 1:37 am

    Oh brother! I never went anywhere warm over break either. One year I went to Ireland over Christmas break. I had studied in Ireland my junior year and I missed my Ireland friends so much, that I just had to go back. It was still cold and damp, but so great to be back with my pals. As far as that hallucination – WOW! You were sick! I would always have freaky hallucinations when my fever got super high. I remember thinking my mattress was made of rock and there was a dog flying around the room. Freaky!

    • Reply Becky Brown December 24, 2018 at 7:58 pm

      Ernie, Christmas in Ireland does not sound bad! What an adventure. And yeah, being sick can make you all kinds of crazy!

  • Reply melissa westemeier December 26, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    Yeah, I can relate more to you than the youngster. My GOODNESS to have that kind of break! I spent mine earning enough to return for the next semester and pay for my books!

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