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“Sleep that knits up the raveled sleeve of care, 

The death of each day’s life, sore labor’s bath, 

Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course,

Chief nourisher in life’s feast.” 

William Shakespeare, MACBETH

What heals more beautifully than sleep?  And what is better than winter, for sleeping?  Lately I have been sleeping like there is no tomorrow.  It’s 7 above zero today with a minus 17 windchill.  This is mild compared to where we came from:  Northern Wisconsin with its weeks of 2o to 35 below zero!  Yet it’s cold.  Wind is wind, and it seems especially cutting in our new neighborhood, just 25 miles from Lake Michigan.

Sleep!  Sleep!  Sometimes I wake up for a few minutes at night, and then return to a deep sleep.  It feels like I’m being pulled into a bottomless ocean by an irresistable undertow.  I sometimes think I am “sleeping off” my whole life–the extremely productive years of raising 6 children and working as a book-keeper/secretary for our company, the many moves with packing and unpacking, the two delightful decades of raising chickens and sheep along with countless other critters, and our halcyon years up north. 

I’m sleeping off the nights with sick children and all the family crisis times right up to our most recent trauma of having a daughter in ICU following her cardiac arrest.  This daughter is doing beautifully now, praise God, and she’s scheduled to return to her home today.  The crisis has passed, at least for now, and I can SLEEP!

Only the Holy Bible can address life issues and the human experience better than our beloved old bard whom I’ve quoted above.  How rich is the English language, and how grateful I am to have been raised and schooled in it!  Although many Americans have deconstructed, minimalized, and derailed the language in shocking ways, I cling to British English–the language of the King James Bible and Shakespeare. 

Who can describe what I’m doing at least 14 hours out of 24 more succinctly than that master of British English, William Shakespeare?  Truly, sleep “knits up the raveled sleeve of care.”

Margaret L. Been–All Rights Reserved

Note:  Here is a photo of one of our up north neighbors.  Now these folks really know how to sleep! 

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