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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The lesson of the sunflower

I recently read a cute little post about how sunflowers use each other for support on cloudy days. According to the post, when the sun isn’t out the flowers nod to each other for support. Of course, it was supposed to be a lesson about us needing each other. I thought it was cool but two seconds of checking on it led me to believe it is not true. Sunflowers do not tilt toward each other on cloudy days. What they do instead is still a lesson to us, just not the intended lesson the post suggested.

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Peace in Christ

This Easter weekend, while the world is seemingly descending in turmoil I want to share the hopeful message that peace is still available. Not in an abstract but in a very real sense. Peace is still offered and it comes through the source of peace. The message of the Easter season is available through the King of Peace. The tomb was empty. He lives! Jesus Christ lives! And because He lives you can have peace today.

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