The spring clad all in gladness
Doth laugh at winter’s sadness.
Except when you have a spring illness. The popular-science explanations for why we get sick in spring include changes of temperature, frequency of rain, and explosions of pollen. Probably the real cause is bad luck, its badness deepened by the fact that the rest of the world is stirring, brightening, coming to life. You are the miserable exception.
One day you were engaged in the daily round — meeting deadlines, banging the drum of publicity, laying plans to generate more deadlines and more opportunities for publicity. You flew in from the Midwest, …