For the Ragtag Daily Prompt: flag.

I am flagging today. I had just a touch of cold symptoms Sunday and then got worse and worse in clinic yesterday. I wore a mask to try to keep from giving my cold to my patients. Home to bed as soon as I finished the last one, but today I am up early, in spite of ten hours sleep , and worse. I have learned the hard way that if I try to “work through it” I will cough for weeks or get pneumonia, so I will cancel clinic today.

I like the elements in this photograph, the triangle of the adult, the kayak and the gull. I also like the child “perched” on the gull’s back. It reminds me of an old children’s book: At the Back of the North Wind, by George McDonald, first published as a serial in 1868. It’s an odd and magical story.  The whole text is available on project Gutenberg here. I like to read children’s books when I have a cold and am trying to rest. They are very comforting.

And here is an illustration on line as well.

17 thoughts on “flag

  1. Barbara Lindsey says:

    Get well soon. I love the photograph, their own little private slice of heaven to enjoy.

  2. Pat Howard says:

    Be sure to rest and take care of yourself!!!! Love, Auntie Mom ________________________________

  3. curioussteph says:

    Best healing wishes to you. Am glad you are taking the day to recover. I eventually discovered that taking one or two days to rest early on save weeks of dragging around. My partners didn’t like it (inconvenient) but I was healthier and a better doc when I wasn’t ill.

  4. Oh I do hope you will feel better soon. My James has a bad chest cold/cough right now too, for almost two weeks. I worry about pneumonia, especially because the blockhead has not taken any time off work to get well!

    • drkottaway says:

      I’ve seen a couple of people with coughs, long after the bug is gone. The magic pill is: rest.

  5. dawnbirdau says:

    Feel better soon! I love watching children’s movies as well as reading children’s books. It’s a feel good place to be!

    • drkottaway says:

      hmmm, movies never occur to me, since we turned our tv off in 2011. I have tons of CDs, though. In clinic yesterday we had a CD of Benny Goodman tunes from the 1930s and then Bach lute music. Lovely.

    • drkottaway says:

      and thank you… rest is best home in nest….

  6. granonine says:

    Children’s books are wonderful! All of my grands have “aged-out” of being read to, and I miss it. They need to start giving my some great-grands so I can indulge in reading children’s books to them :)

    • drkottaway says:

      My kids are 25 and 21, but my friends supply me with children to read to and to share children’s books with. And I have a little free library box to share books with anyone.

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