From The Storyteller
August 6, 2018, Allergies
Our bottle of Famous Grouse scotch is almost empty, and it is only day six of our ten day vacation trip. For almost 40 years my day has ended with a glass of this very good scotch, and vacation was no exception. Time to go to the store. Occasionally when Elaine and I are traveling, if we buy a bottle, we indulge ourselves with a special bottle of Jamison’s Irish Whiskey (long story from years ago involving Savannah, Tanbark Stew, and Irish Coffees).
Brief change of story line. For years I have suffered from sinus allergies. The allergy meds offered little relief so eventually I simply learned to live with what seemed like a mild head cold.
Back to the vacation. For travel days seven through eleven, each night we would end the day with a glass of Jamison. On day ten Elaine noticed my mild head cold seemed to be much better. At home after eleven days of travel she offered what sounded like a truly weird observation. She suggested I just might be allergic to scotch. Because the nightly glass of the Irish whiskey over the past few day was the only substantive change in my diet, she thought I might try switching from Famous Grouse to the more expensive Jamison’s.
As all good husbands know listening to your wife is important, so as an act of personal trust in her advice, I made the switch. The nightly glass of Jamison’s became my personal sacrifice for good health.
Wow, the mild head cold has not returned, and it only took me 40 years to discover an answer that was always right there in front of me.
Moral: If we have eyes to see and ears to hear, we will often find solutions to life’s problems are in plain sight before us.