The Samson Pill: Metamorphoses Chapter 8

VIII. 9 years ago

Cooper was not a fan of Wyoming.  It wasn’t that he hated the state itself, in fact, he loved the outdoors and Wyoming has a natural fantastic outdoor playground.  His dislike had more to do with how bored he was at school and how even after seven years he didn’t fit in.  Wyoming still wasn’t what he would call home.  Nothing at school excited or challenged him.  He finished his work quickly and efficiently.  The other students didn’t have the same interests as him.  He was able to keep in frequent touch with Malone and despite the distance they were still best friends.  Although he knew Malone didn’t understand much of most topics that interested him Malone at least listened.  Plus, they had history together.  They had spent time pre-fever as Cooper referred to the incident.  Malone’s mom agreed to let her son travel to Wyoming during the upcoming summer break to see his Wyoming friend.  Both boys were excited for that visit.  Trouble was that was still a few months away.  For now, Cooper sat in a classroom trying to will the clock to tick faster.

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The Samson Pill: Metamorphoses Chapter 7

VII. 16 years ago

Liz Baldwin stood at the kitchen sink washing dishes.  She had a dishwasher but when she had a lot on her mind, she preferred to wash dishes by hand.  Keeping her hands busy helped with the racing thoughts.  Her husband Jo was working late.  Again.  Conveniently enough.  He had dropped a bombshell before he left for work that morning about a promotion.  While a promotion seemed like a good thing Liz also knew it would involve a lot more work which translated to more time.  More time at the office and away from home. Jo already devoted so much time and energy to the office.  She preferred him to spend more time and energy at home with her and Cooper.  Their son was growing up, he was already nine.  Soon he would be a teenager and then all to quickly he’d leave for college.  Liz knew now was the time for a father and son bond to develop.

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The Samson Pill: Metamorphoses Chapter 6

VI. 17 years ago…

The next few days after Cooper recovered from his illness he felt different.  He couldn’t explain why but he noticed his world differently.  Colors seemed more vibrant and sharp. Conversations he overheard between his parents he seemed to understand. Maybe he just never paid attention before and maybe that was the difference – he paid attention to everything now.  Almost like he couldn’t shut his brain off.  His brain’s computer was on and running all the time. He couldn’t explain any of this to anyone because he was still processing it.  Was this normal and he just never noticed before? His mom noticed something was different but she wasn’t sure how to explain it either. Suddenly, her boy that liked to keep his hair trimmed in a crew cut style now hated getting his hair cut. He refused to let her cut his hair. That wasn’t a battle worth fighting so she let him grow it out. One other thing that was obvious to everyone was he no longer needed his inhaler.  When his mom questioned the doctor, she was told that sometimes “children outgrow asthma.”  She also mentioned to the doctor that he started coming home with stories of winning races at school.  His energy level seemed to spike.  The doctor’s response was to give him some meds which she declined.  It wasn’t an uncontrollable energy; it was more of an intense, albeit focused, energy.  At the first parent-teacher conference after his fever she was told that he was exceling in every subject.  His teacher commented on his outstanding performance.  Even the PE teacher remarked on his ability.  At the previous conference, the PE teacher couldn’t remember who exactly Cooper was.  Up until then, Cooper blended in with the background.  Not anymore.  He was getting noticed, remarked on, and remembered.

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My December staycation

March 2020 I was supposed to go to Europe. You know, about a week after everything started shutting down. So, the trip was postponed until October. And then postponed again until October 2021 (fingers crossed). But that left me with two weeks of unused vacation time in 2020 that I needed to use or lose. What to do? For one week, my niece invited me to visit her and her family. For the second week, I spent the first week in December at home. A week long staycation, what could go wrong?

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