Things are overcast here in my world. Overcast and generally gloomy. There was a death in my family. A significant enough death that it required sitting down with my three year old to explain what happened. I hope to someday forget the deep breath I had to take before I started. The first thing she asked when I was done was if I'm going to die soon, too. Beautiful. I find I have absolutely nothing funny to say on the subject. It's the high levels of awful sucking the humor out of my body.
The high levels of awful have not, however, robbed me of my ability to share a few hospital observations. First, I discovered that the flat screen television in my mother's hospital room several months ago was not an anomaly. Different hospital. Same flat screen. It's unfortunate when a hospital television is nicer than your own. Although, volume is a problem since the television is practically nailed to the ceiling. That wasn't a problem for my brother. He just tuned in the channel on his brain and didn't require volume. Even while Perry Mason was cross examining people. My dad and I however lack that skill so we decided to just let the entire floor listen to Tyra Banks with us.
Second, two small children running up and down the hall is really, really loud. Don't let you kids do that. People are trying to rest. What kind of parents are you anyway? It was bad enough when you made everyone listen to Tyra Banks during lunch.
Third, that Law & Order producer, Dick Wolf, must be a trillionaire by now. Is there even one hour of the day when one of his shows isn't on? My brother and I watched several episodes back to back. The only thing sadder than finding yourself watching them back to back is realizing you've seen the second one already and then watching it anyway because you've apparently been sucked into some black hole and can't look away even though you already know the wife did it and that she lied about being alone in Barbados.
Fourth, hospitals suck. Enjoy each and every day you have that doesn't involve a hospital. Life has a way of making sure you'll get plenty of hospital time anyway.