Linda Wood Rondeau

Snark & Sensibility

PLAYING THROUGH THE FOG
4/8/2019 1:00:00 AM by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

HAVING THE PRIME OF MY LIFE

 

“As thick as pea soup,” my father would say. He liked to tell tales of fog so thick, you could use it for paste. I have read suspense stories that describe sudden fog eerily rising from the ground.

Trying to navigate fog in unfamiliar territory is asking for trouble.

Fog is a cloud in contact with the ground. It forms when water vapor in the air at the surface begins to condense into liquid water. Fog is a major cause of accidents on both land and sea. Sometimes prolonged fog can trap deadly pollutants in the air. Such was the case in the infamous Great Fog of 1952, also known as London’s Big Smoke, blamed for the death of 8,000 people, primarily from lung disease.

Once I even played nine holes of golf in the worst fog I’d seen in many years.

My brother and uncle had driven up from Syracuse to visit my elderly mother at the nursing home. On a whim, my brother decided he wanted to play nine holes of golf. Not the least deterred by the drizzling rain, the three of us teed off expecting only to get a little wet.

 


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An eerie fog, the stuff of great horror movies, formed between the fifth and sixth holes and hovered for the remainder of our game. The fog was so thick, we could barely see one another’s golf cart, even when parked across from each other. Fortunately, I’d played the greens many times and could draw a picture of each hole. I had a pretty good idea about where to aim the ball. My brother and uncle had played the course only once before, and that had been several years ago. Their memories of the course as foggy as the field, they could do nothing but hit the ball forward and hope to land it somewhere near the green.

The older I get, the foggier my brain seems to be.

I try to recall yesterday and can only get snatches of recall. Good thing I keep a diary of what I ate on My Fitness Pal.

Most often these days, I forget why I went into another room. Then I have to backtrack and make up a jingle so I won’t forget when I try again.

Oh well, at least I get extra steps on my Fitbit that way.

Perhaps we should forgive ourselves when fog impedes our recall. We can still stay in the game. And like that foggy nine holes, life will always be an adventure.

 

 

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