Prodigiously Yours

Daily Word Prompt December 4, 2021

Well I have lost track of how may times WP has reminded me it’s time to write a blog post, so is that reminder thing really working? Does anything really work the way it’s supposed to for me? No need to answer that of course because how would you know, right? And I might not appreciate your guesses.

Admitting here that I had to look this word up – Prodigious – (I was getting it confused with the words ”precocious” and ”prodigy” which are things you call a child who is super annoyingly smart and talented. I was never either of those things, so not an annoying child at all. There’s not too many people around who can verify or deny that claim so I feel relatively safe saying it.)

I like the obsolete meaning here the best. Hints of the sinister or violent mystery. Been watching too much Prime TV probably.

  • 1: causing amazement or wonder
  • 2: extraordinary in bulk, quantity, or degree : enormous
  • 3a: resembling or befitting a prodigy : strange, unusual
  • 3b: obsolete : being an omen : portentous

The morning of my doctor appointment this week we had prodigious amounts of freezing rain and ice covered streets. W manages to find the most obscure and dangerous routes to wherever we’re going because why would you take the main roads when there are school zones you can slide around in? Also a question you don’t need to answer, since there is no sane response. He did the same thing when we went for our third (booster) covid vaccination. The main roads are bare, the residential streets are generally not. We backed out of our driveway, headed in the right direction, immediately turned left onto a snow packed street, then right, then right again. At this point I inquired whether or not he was aware that another right turn would take us back home. But he made two more left turns and the second one put us on a main street which got us to our destination because you can only drive around in circles for so long until your wife kills you.

The follow up with my doctor involved a blood pressure check, so after hearing the words ”Glare Ice” a hundred and forty times in less than 10 minutes, I took the elevator to the second floor instead of storming up the stairs. I was the first appointment of the day and the doctor was a bit late, so I had a good 10 minutes to meditate and calm myself into a state of blissful serenity. Or a reasonable facsimile because everything went well and she is pleased with my ECG and my other numbers although my synthroid dosage might be slightly high so I have a requisition for lab work for February when there probably won’t be glare ice anywhere if there actually is a God.

Sorry for my inclination to speak prodigiously about my exciting medical adventures, but if you’re lucky enough to make it in to your seventies you might find out how much amazement and wonder is generated by learning how many things can go wrong with your aging body. And your mind, depending on your relationship status and how much ice forms in December. It’s all such a crap shoot.

Okay! So this wasn’t a normal getting reminded to blog day, but I did it anyway. Yay me! Pretty sure I will be reminded again tomorrow, so there’s a heads up for you. Have a prodigiously lovely Saturday.

5 thoughts on “Prodigiously Yours

  1. I always associated prodigious with #2 but I think you tied in all your sinister and harrowing adventures with the word very nicely. I have never heard the term Glare Ice though. Is that a Canadian thing? Down here ice is just ice apparently.

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    • Huh! Maybe it is more of a Canadian thing. Glare ice is shiny and very visible on the roads, as opposed to black ice which is almost invisible and thus even more dangerous. There’s all kinds of terms for ice and snow in the Arctic – floe ice, calving, new, old, grey, sea ice. I guess when you have a lot of something you analyze it more. Melting ice is often the best kind. 😀

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  2. It sounds as if three rights nearly made a wrong for W. My husband was a bit like that. He loved to use roundabout routes to avoid traffic lights. I’m not really sure what he had against them. Usually I didn’t mind, you got to see some areas you hadn’t seen before but not when you are on the way to an appointment or tired and just want to go home.
    I hadn’t heard of glare ice either, not very common in Australia, even Tasmania where I live. I do know about black ice because we get that in winter, the other kind is just ice.


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