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Yesterday the Sleep Goddess sidled up to me and whispered, “Not happening today, my dear!”

In between sneezing a dozen times, and wiping my watering eyes and nose, I somehow managed to ask, “WHAT is not happening?”

“Why, your post for today at Shail’s Nest, of course!”

“Why ever not?” I asked after a couple more sneezes.

“Because…. you are going to sleep.”

“No way! I gotta write that post first!”

“Tsk, tsk, tsk. Give it a rest, my dear, and go to sleep!”

“I am telling you, I HAVE to write that post first!”

“Aww….Such conscientiousness! ‘Tis rather sweet! But like I said, N.O.T. happening dear. Your eyes are already closing….”

“No they aren’t! Please, please go away! Let me get up and write…” I begged.

“You should have thought of that before taking your allergy medicine and inviting me over! You lady, are going to sleep and N.O.W.” The callous response cut me to the quick and I replied spiritedly.

“I am damned if I sleep till I have finished writing! Vamoose!”

“You are a real funny one. No one invites me over and then tells me to get lost. Them allergy medicines and I are thick. Besides, your eyes are already closing…”

“And what’s more I will get up in a while and.. and… and write about you, so there….”

“Not today, you won’t. Look, you have a headache as well. Your eyes don’t want to open. Your limbs have no energy and can’t move. You just want to lay on your bed and sleep….So sleep….”

And that’s how it happened, dear readers. That’s how I missed my post.

© Shail Mohan 2020