Chicken Soup

10 11 2011

I woke up this morning quite sick.  Sinus pressure.  Nasal drain like a sieve. Temp during the night.  Weakness.  Poor sleep.  I called in sick to work, a rare occurrence.

The most marvelous woman on Earth—aka Kath, my wife—made a large pot of chicken soup from scratch to help me mend.  (She happened to have the day off.)  Chopped vegetables.  Broth. Egg noodles.  Fresh chicken.  Spices.  Ahh…..

Mid-afternoon, I started to feel a little bit better.  It’s 7:23 now and, all things being equal, I still feel awful.  But only physically.

After our mid-afternoon repast, we shut the curtains and settled down to watch the first leg of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring, based on the wildly successful writings of J.R.R. Tolkien.  This was a first for Kath who loves fantasy, story and places like Rivendell, but gets creeped out by Orks.

She loved it (except for the Orks)!

When beginning the writing of this story, J.R.R. Tolkien—a Catholic Christian—called it “the desire of a tale-teller to try his hand at a really long story that would hold the attention of readers, amuse them, delight them, and at times maybe excite them or deeply move them.”

What mattered most to Tolkien was story.  He did not like allegory.  So, though LOTR is laced with typology and metaphor, it was incidental.  They leaked out of Tolkien’s view of the world.  They weren’t necessary planned.

Watch the Lord of the Rings motion picture trilogy brilliantly directed by Peter Jackson and featuring our own Watertown native Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn).  Better yet, read the books.   A world of wonder, magic and triumph—of good over evil—await you.

Chicken soup—for the body and the heart.

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