Text A Feeling Free
I woke up feeling cranky(脾气坏的). I didn't want to do housework, though the laundry was piling up. I didn't want to read the work I brought home from the office. I didn't want to do anything that resembled responsible behavior. It was that kind of day.(承上总结句)
As I drank my morning tea, I thought I felt a headache coming on. Yes, there it was, a dull throb(跳动)just behind my eyes. Maybe I should go back to bed until it subsided(消退). As I put the dishes in the sink, it seemed that my muscles were beginning to ache. Or was the ache in my joints? That could mean I was coming down with the flu. (承上启下句) Everyone I knew had the flu this year. Why should I be the one to escape(免于)it? I absolutely should be in bed.
I shuffled(拖步走)back to bed, wiggled(扭动)under the covers and shut my eyes. Another couple of hours of sleep would be so nice, but I was already completely awake. I ought to get up. But no, there was that headache and the beginning of a sniffle(吸鼻子). Better get the tissues.
On my way back from the bathroom with a family-sized(家用的)tissue box, I stopped to grab that big new novel I had bought but had no time to read. I opened the book and settled(安顿)against the pillows.
The morning was moving along and so was my reading. Another twenty pages and I was stretching. I should try to crack(找到解决…方法)the report I was working on. I should at least get up and do the wash. What if I was contagious? I certainly didn't want to spread any germs. The wash could wait. My family was resourceful enough to scrounge(索取)clothing for the next day.
Maybe I wasn't actually getting the flu. I didn't really want to be sick. To be truthful, all I wanted was a little time off. I needed to nurture(养育) myself away from people, chores(琐事), career and the outside world. Did I have to wait to be sick to do that? As a child, the only respite(暂停) from school or family chores was illness. But I wasn't a child any more. Did I have to manufacture(捏造) symptoms to provide myself with an excuse? No, I decided, I didn't.
I talked to myself. Okay, I said, you need a day off. Admit it. Accept it. Toss out(扔掉) the guilt and enjoy a mini-vacation. What would you like to do? Read? You're already doing that. Pamper(纵容,放纵) yourself? Take a bubble bath. Be a hermit(隐士)? Let the machine answer the phone.
I poured half the bottle of bath gel into the streaming water and added a hearty(大的) handful of chamomile(春黄菊)bath salts. Then I lit a vanilla-scented (香草味的) candle and gingerly stepped into the bathtub. With a grateful sigh, I immersed myself in my homemade spa. I heard the phone ring somewhere off in the distance and smiled.
It is funny how the aches subsided in the heat of the tub. They just slipped away with the last of the bubbles down the drain. My head felt just fine, the throb replaced by a sense of well-being.
By late afternoon, I was back at it(恢复原样), refreshed physically, mentally and emotionally. And rather than feeling helpless, I felt empowered. I had given myself permission to listen and respond to my needs, to care for myself the way I tended to(注意,留心) my family. I didn't need the crutch(拐杖) of illness to justify a rest. It was such a simple awareness, but then isn't it the simple things that set us free?
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