The bad news:

  • I am quite, quite ill.
  • The past two days have been spent almost entirely in my bed, and though I haven’t lost my appetite, I have (sadly) lost my will to cook.
  • The clinic is closed for the holidays – until January.


The good news:

  • School is out, so I have no where to be.  I typically get sick this time of year, and it’s far better to be sick now than when I go off to the village.  Being sick in Ukarumpa isn’t so bad, after all:
  • My neighbors have already cooked two delicious meals for me.
  • My very own students came by yesterday to wish me all good cheer and a speedy recovery.  And they promised to make me soup.
  • My haus meri brought me a papaya.
  • Thanks to Skype, I was still able to talk to the good Amanda and that brother of mine with no fear of infecting them.
  • And, while the clinic is closed, all the nurses and doctors are in walking distance.

The other good news:

  • Typically when I’m this sick, I pick up my pen and write some really strange, half-conscious poetry – and then inflict it on whomever I can.  Fortunately (for your sake), that has not yet happened.

7 thoughts on “Sick…

  1. Why on earth would you decide to be sick? I know it seems appealing at first to have an excuse to lounge around and not cook, but this is effectively thwarted by the side effects of the excuse. I hope you feel better soon. Have a Merry Christmas, and do not pet any wild echidnas.

  2. Praying for you and hope you are much better soon.  Love and have a blessed Christmas in spite of misery.  Love, Emily and Langston


  3. Praying fora speedy recovery (or not.sounds like you have it made). Have a great Christmas. Glad you were not sick in New Zealand.

  4. Dear Alan Hope u r feeling much better by now and that u have a wonderful time in the village learning to bake the ” Papuan way ” ! Looking foreword to seeing your folks next week and hearing more about your time together! We missed the Halbrooks in vail this year! Love mrs Frese Sent from my iPhone

  5. I am so glad you are feeling better. It’s no fun being far away when you’re under the weather. I am glad, however, that I was still able to see you. Wish I could have made you some oh-so-delish soup!


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