A few weeks ago, my mom got that cold that everyone’s getting. When I called to see how she was doing, she sounded kinda down. Not because of her cold symptoms—oh no. She felt down because she was, as she put it, “just lying around doing nothing.” I tried to cover up my snort, then asked, “Um…you are sick, aren’t you?” It wasn’t really a question, since I could hear her congestion and coughing. “Well, yes,” she admitted. “I don’t feel that great.” But my mom is a little brown Energizer Bunny. The real problem, she informed me, was that watching TV all day ‘cause she was nursing a cold “just makes me feel like such a...degenerate!”
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Michelle Boyd. Writer, Scholar, Coach