Sunday, January 4, 2009

Sunday Bloody Sunday

I like spending my Sundays reading the New York Times, sipping cofee and calling my friends across the nation. Today I just was not in the mood for it. My asthma is back. I haven't had chronic asthma since I left High School. When I moved to Syracuse, New York back in the early 80's from the Caribbean my asthma disappeared instantly. Not many allergens can survive the harsh winter. As a boy and teenager I remember all the suffering from chronic asthma. It kept me away from the outdoors and even school for many weeks during the year. Having asthma shaped my identity as a child. I was very timid. It was then when I developed my hunger for books and music. It has been a long while since then but ever since I moved to Dallas my health has gotten worse. So it was a not very pleasant Sunday. I felt very much fatigued. My harmonica playing in the form of whizing and whistling is back after so many years and my arthritis has gotten worse. I was angry and jumpy all day. The inhaler I use for the asthma worsens my "nerves". Good thing I was by myself all day, I was cranky. So I decided to attack the problem by listening to some Hawaiian songs I have in my iPod. My favorites are by the great Hui Ohana. Beautiful songs like Aloha le O wai'anae and Hula O Makee with its falsetto singers and slack guitars are a delight to the senses. Soon enough I felt the warm tropical breeze. The hammock swinging. The aroma of coconuts and pineapple. There is a feeling of ease and calmness in Hawaiian music. It's like the surf on the beach. The ebb and flow of ideas coming and going. None of those ideas in my mind stayed, yhey just floated away. I miss the ocean. I was born and raised on a tropical island in the Caribbean so it is not that difficult for me to connect with Hawaiian culture. Very soothing. Now I am seriously considering moving to a different location to be healthier.


Cynthia said...

I hope you feel more comfortable soon. <3

Keri said...

Hi there again.
I hope today is better.
I visited the site you told me about. (SARK) She does look very inspiring! And this morning I saw the previews for the movie you saw. Milk. Everything takes longer to get to NM!!
BTW, my family and I went to Hawaii for the first time this past Thanksgiving. It was our best trip EVER.
Sending wishes of dilated bronchials.

willow said...

My allergies are always much better in the winter, especially if the temps stay below freezing. Maybe that is one of the reasons I love winter so much!

Hope the Hawaiian music does the trick. :)

willow said...

Oh, and thanks for the heads up on CAPTCHAS. I didn't know they actually had a name.

tangobaby said...

I hope you are feeling better today. Perhaps a change of locale would do you good, even if for a short vacation. Take care and best wishes.

Jo said...

Gosh, I think any reason would be a good excuse to move to somewhere warm and tropical.

Asthma must be a very scary thing to have. I hope you feel better soon!