Tuesday, September 15, 2009


It's not a pleasant sounding word, but then I suppose it isn't intended to be. It doesn't define or describe anything good, so the word shouldn't really convey anything positive. Festering. You don't want to have anything festering.

That word has plenty of applications in the physical realm, like when I learned yesterday that the fluid behind Ally's eardrums had festered enough to stir up a raging ear infection. Or the time that a hangnail on her hand festered until it eventually became a nasty infected wound. Festering is never good.

Though it certainly can be used to describe the physical things, those with actual visible proof of it, I think the word is more dangerous in the mind. Once a bad thought creeps into your head, it can do no good. Especially once it starts to fester.

Hypothetically bad scenarios can morph into full blown worst case ones. A single word spoken by someone can be analyzed and overanalyzed until it spells certain doom. The mind has a way of taking something and running with it. And it doesn't always run in the right direction.

I suppose the moral of the story is that you don't want things to have the chance to fester. If there is something you need to say, then say it. Don't sit back and hold it in. If you need a question answered, ask it. Don't conjure up all kinds of possible ways it could play out. Don't invent answers to the unasked. And please, if you have a cut, clean and bandage it properly. You wouldn't want it to fester.

1 comment:

  1. Agreed! Festering = Badness. Every time. Oh, and it also = chihuahuas, and we all know that's not good for anyone. :)


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