A Case of The Vapors

by Joy Monger

Grandpa and I chatted this week. He is a lovely, ridiculously healthy 87-year-old man whom I respect very much.

He told me he has “the shingles”. I think it’s really funny when people add “the” to a health ailment.  Shingles are nothing to laugh at but adding “the” sure is.

We tease my good friend about having “the gout”. It makes him mad…it makes me laugh.

Currently I am unfortunately stricken with “the insomnia” but I’d love to come down with a chronic case of “the hotness”.

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