Parasites & Me

Excerpt from “Jane’s world”

For a person who claims not to be envious, I find that sometimes I do envy the girl with a handkerchief held firmly in the palm of her hand. The one who’s constantly sniffling, sneezing, and dabbing at her nose. The gal who announces in a soft voice that her throat is sore. I see this as rather endearing. I have a hard time picturing my history of illnesses—pinworm, Chiggers, ringworm, tick-borne diseases, and giardia—in quite the same way. To me they sound coarser, like the kind of sicknesses that go with a gal who doesn't own a handkerchief.

Originally published in the Crawford County Independent & Kickapoo Scout