Foodiva's Kitchen: MIA in a Foreign Land

Thursday, March 24, 2011

MIA in a Foreign Land

Autobiography in Five Short Chapters
Chapter 1
I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in.
I am lost ... I am helpless.
It isn't my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out.

Chapter 2
I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don't see it.
I fall in again.
I can't believe I am in the same place.
But it isn't my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.

Chapter 3
I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it is there.
I still fall in ... it's a habit.
My eyes are open.
I know where I am.
It is my fault.
I get out immediately.

Chapter 4
I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.

Chapter 5
I walk down another street.

Portia Nelson's "There's a Hole in My Sidewalk"

To borrow a quote from Marian Keyes, "The pissed is a foreign country, they do things differently there". Just substitute pissed with sick and that's where I've been. The Land of the Sick. It started fairly innocently with pneumonia, then developed into something else that escalated into something else that paralyzed me entirely. I couldn't eat, I couldn't sleep, I couldn't get out of bed, I couldn't write, I couldn't read, I couldn't talk to people. If this sounds familiar, then you've probably gone through it and know exactly what I'm talking about. In Portia Nelson's piece above, I'm probably somewhere between Chapters 2 and 3 right now, but slowly crawling my way out to 4 and hopefully someday, 5.

Anyway, despite my head being in the dark clouds, I am still aware that there have been recent troubles in the world in the wake of monster earthquakes, tsunami and floodings. And that many other people are suffering more, very much more than I am, and my heart and prayers go out to them. Therefore, I won't go on about myself. I just wanted to say sorry that I turned my back on this blog, abandoned YOU, for over a month. Thank you for your kindness because you've all been so lovely to me. Full service will resume when the clouds lift, hopefully soon ;-).          

Much love,


All That's Left Are The Crumbs said...

I am sorry to hear that you haven't been well. I hope you had someone taking good care of you, and that you are on your way to the end of Chapter 5.

Foodiva said...

Thank you for your kind words. Yes, I'm gunning for Chapter 5 but it's work in progress still.

Peggy said...

I hope you get back on the wellness track soon! Take care!

Cheap Ethnic Eatz said...

Oh so sorry hat you have been so ill. Take the time you need to rest and get better 100% That poem is wonderful ans so true...get to the last chapter soon!

Sandra said...

I did miss you! Hope you feel better!
Interesting post but beautiful photos as always!

Torviewtoronto said...

hope you get better soon

Magic of Spice said...

Oh you poor thing, I hope you are back to normal super fast! We do miss you...

Carolyn said...

Oh Maya, that all sounds awful! I've missed you and your posts. I hope you feel better very soon.

Jennifurla said...

Wow, I am so sorry! I send you vibes to get better darling.

Foodiva said...

Thank you, everyone. Your kind, encouraging words are a great elixir. Oh Jen, those positive vibes? I feel them :-).

Spicie Foodie said...

Slowly but surely you will make it to chapter 5. We all miss you and your delicious recipes. And even though we want you back, we want you to be 100% better. Take care and we will see you soon. Hugs :)

michelangelo in the kitchen said...

Maya, we really missed your exciting posts with your poetic wit and masterfully prepared cuisine but take your time to rest and be well. Wish I could bring some hot chicken soup to your place right now. I know this works so well as mom always say. Be well and cheers!!!!

spcookiequeen said...

No apologies necessary. Sorry your not doing well. It's a sad time right now in the world and hopefully everything will heal itself.
Have a great weekend.

Foodiva said...

Nancy, Arthur and guys are simply the best! Mwaahs and hugs.

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