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"Don't Be Too Happy"

I must have been nuts.
Why would a sane person be so happy when just waking up?

I raised my bedside shade on a gray, cool day,
and did a few stretches and tummy crunches, just to promote health.
Preventive maintenance.

I swung my legs gingerly out of the bed.
Maybe that's the problem.
I have never been known for doing anything
that could be described as gingerly.

I was checking the calls on the answering machine, while putting on my
sweatshirt and jeans, and doing sort of a twist or conga at the same time,
when my back went out.

Now it takes me five minutes to stand to a semi-straight position,
and I walk slowly and painfully in the shape of a croissant.

That's what I get for being too damn happy.

Copyright  January 3, 2002 by Jack Blanchard. All rights reserved.


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