This post was inspired by Trapped Under the Sea by Neil Swidey. In Boston, five men were sent into a dark, airless, miles-long tunnel below the ocean to do a nearly impossible job that would help clean the once dirtiest harbor in America. Join From Left to Write on February 19th as we discuss Trapped Under the Sea As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes
In life we make plans, grand, beautiful and wonderful plans. Sometimes our plans knock the socks of those who hear our plans or who watch us as we are carrying out those plans. Then, all of a sudden, something goes wrong, our plans get messed up and we are left lost and wondering what to do. This book reminded me of marriage and the ups and downs of married life. When my husband and I decided to marry about 25 years ago, I told him what I wanted.
Janeane: We are getting married and we are going to live happily ever after.
Darren: What if we don’t?
Janeane: There is no what if, we are getting married and we are going to live happily ever after. That is it.
Over the course of our married life, we have had ups and downs. The church girl in me, says that we have had peaks and valley experiences. We married when I was 23 (for one whole month) and he was 28 (for one whole day). We built a life together. We purchased a home, graduated from college, law school and grad school. We had children, and saw one of those children go from kindergarten to her freshman year at one of the most prestigious colleges in the country. We had grand plans and looking from the beginning of the marriage to this very day, by all measures, we have succeeded.
It is a well-known fact that our bodies are 75% water. That water is used and must be replaced everyday.
Almost everyone has heard the expression, “You never miss the water until the well runs dry.” On two occasions over the past two years I have found this expression to be true. Two years ago I was feeling sick to my stomach, my head hurt, I was dizzy and was having trouble breathing. I had no idea what the problem was. It turned out that I was dehydrated. A year later, I was taking medication because I had a bronchial infection. I took a pill without water and my throat was severely burned as a result. These two incidents both required medical attention and treatment. In other words I was extremely ill because I had not been drinking enough water. I was then and am still embarrassed that living in one of the richest countries in the world, in a home I owned with a perfectly good running water system, yet I was sick because I did not drink water. Continue reading →