That’s been my dilemma this past week after a distracted driver (ie, texting) plowed into me and my guy as we headed to Delaware to visit my mom.
We never made it. Damage to car and persons was better than expected, except I got a concussion.
I won’t go into the discomfort and the fear as my body showed me in many ways that I had to stop, which I didn’t do until I finally visited my doctor, who set forth a five-day-rule:
- NO computer
- NO phone.
- NO T.V.
- NO reading.
- NO music
- NO exercise.
All of those “No’s” horrified me, but I shouted out loud: “No READING?”
“The brain needs a rest,” she explained. “At least five days. Then we’ll see what we can add. Slowly.”
I’m the cook in our household, which means I’m also the food supplier. Grocery stores intimidate my guy, so when he left me alone my first day of “No’s” to forage and pillage at our local grocers, I waited for the earth to quake.
I only heard a siren or two (as I bit my fingernails), but an hour later, the hunter and gatherer returned, filling our coffers with….frozen pot pies and pizza. And fresh asparagus “to help your brain cells.”
He added seed to our bird feeder.
Seemingly knowing that they were my only form of entertainment for the next few days, the forest creatures hopped out and flew in droves: the birds and the squirrels, the chipmunks and an entire family of turkeys.
An adolescent squirrel showed off like a 14-year-old boy. He climbed a quarter way up an old oak, stared at me with a dare in his eye, jumped down as swiftly as an arrow, and then somersaulted three times in the grass.
Then his mom-squirrel chattered with him (more like a nag than a conversation) and he took off.
One of the male turkeys raced toward a dove who was peacefully munching on some ground seed. I got involved with that big-bully game and told Tom to fight with someone his own size. He huffed away to peck at our growing garden.
The scene grew more peaceful as the goldfinch deliberately spewed seed from the feeder to the ground. The chipmunks’ cheeks filled with thanks.
Despite the ache in my head, my heart bloomed with the petunias beside me.
If at least for a brief time, doing nothing ended up being full of everything.