Sick Leave

One thing is for certain is that as one gets older, illness takes more out of you. I grew up with adages such as “you can’t make the club in the tub,” “Hubbell you need to learn the difference between pain and injury,” and “chicks love scars.”

Things have changed thank goodness, but as I finally recover from a chronic cough and another crippling arthritic wrist I cannot help but think what happened to that young man who used to play football with a knee that had to be drained and injected three times a week during the season, who used to go to school, no matter what his temperature, and went to work no matter how I felt.

He got older, is the answer.

I cannot help but think about all the people who were sick with COVID. The over one million Americans who died is a tragedy for eons, but we don’t talk about how many of us were horribly sick  over the last two years. People ask what happened in politics, human relationships, and society as a whole lately. One cannot ignore the fact that the world is and was sick in its real meaning.

It is a time to heal in so many ways. I am giving healing a lot of thought. We all should.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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