Merry Cootiemas

By Jan Richardson

In an unwelcome Advent surprise, I am truly sick for the first time in years. So much so that I actually went to the doctor this afternoon, which I hardly ever do in between annual visits. The nurse called me Cootie Girl. (I like her, I didn’t mind, except I could do without having cooties in the first place.)

Going against my natural tendency to plow ahead (which may have contributed to how I got here in the first place), I’m giving myself a break. Getting plenty of rest and drinking lots of fluids, like Mom says.

I’m aiming to return before long with some new art and reflections, so please don’t go away. Cootie Girl is not contagious in cyberspace. In the meantime, I’m reprising a couple of posts from last year that offer art and words for the two lectionary readings from Luke that turn up this week as well. Scroll on down to check them out.

And if you can figure out how to email me some homemade chicken soup…

10 Responses to “Merry Cootiemas”

  1. phyllis Says:

    I’m so sorry, Jan. Please relax, take time to heal and be sure to drink lots of that chicken soup! Rest in the presence of the coming LORD Jesus Christ and sleep, take fluids and all those other things our mothers always told us. They help! Love and prayers to you while you recuperate.

  2. carla Says:

    take care.
    prayers for a speedy recovery abound!!


  3. Paul Caseman Says:

    Poor baby….get some hot tea, big pillows, and a warm blanket and do some serious nesting until you feel better. Blessing,

  4. Elizabeth Nordquist Says:

    In our vulnerability we receive things we never imagined. It’s a pity how much we hate to go there! May the healing Love that comes down at this season surround you and give you peace. Advent hope! Elizabeth

  5. Liz Bidgood Enders Says:

    Jan, I hope you feel better soon. This is such a tough time of year to feel sick. Thank you for the gift of your spirit and writing, and I hope you receive the gift of grace and space (from yourself and others) to recover.

  6. Carolyn Says:

    It is encouraging to see that your sense of humor is still intact, Jan!

    All good wishes and blessings for a speedy and complete recovery.

  7. Darcy Wharton Says:

    Last Advent, I was recovering from an infected root canal. I discovered that forced “time off” from the holiday rush was exactly what I needed for Advent. May it be the same for you…

  8. Cathy Says:

    Blesssings of love and rest while I send some virtual Wassail for comfort and joy!

  9. Jan Richardson Says:

    Thanks so much to everyone for all the blessings and virtual treats! I am feeling less cootieful and easing back into a semi-normal rhythm, including a bit of time in the studio today. I am grateful for your good wishes and support.

  10. Brenda Says:

    Feel better! I find that putting tabasco on everything I ate helped with my cooties. Spice it up.

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