“A day in the life of a writer.”
He awoke abruptly with an idea that he was sure would be a candidate for another bestseller. Glancing at the bedside clock that displayed 04:00 in red digital numbers, he fantasized about being summoned to the podium and receiving a Pulitzer Prize for literature.
This pondering was far from being unique in that it occurred with startling regularity whenever a creative effort was forthcoming. In fact, he had written, memorized and practiced his acceptance speech many times over. He was ready for his hour of glory.
However, being the realist that he is, he was aware that it would take at least a quart of 100 proof coffee to unscramble the thoughts in his head. With the coffee pot doing its thing; he attended to his toilet while making a weak attempt to find a suitable beginning to the story that would bring him fame and fortune.
And now, seated before the computer; his bleary eyes trying in vain to focus upon a starkly blank monitor screen. However, the thoughts that were so vivid within his mind earlier completely eluded him, and yet; he refused to “call it quits.”
Giving up at the last minute has been; perhaps, the one reason that he never had to worry about traveling far and wide to sign hundreds of books for adoring fans. “Today is different;” the little voice, in the back of his head reminded him. “You’ll see!”
Finally! “It came to pass.” BUT: Instead of the ‘tear-jerker,’ he anticipated; “It was a ‘Self-Help’er.”
Oh; well: “You can’t win then all;” he mused: So, here ‘tiz.
“A TUMBLER FULL OF SODIE WATER”
How do you spell relief? Heartburn (indigestion) has been around for ages. When I was a child, no family would be without a box of Arm and Hammer Baking Soda. Not only was it prescribed for heartburn by an LPM, (licensed practical Mom); it was also used to settle a nervous stomach, clean teeth, draw the fire from a burn, as well as being a necessity in the making of biscuits, (just a pinch, mind you).
Believe it or not, I even grew to like the taste and nothing could match the satisfying burp that it produced after eating certain spicy foods. It still works after some eighty years.
I can even remember the precise dosage. Many were the times when I would marvel at my Grandfather consuming his remedy after a dinner consisting of such foods as cucumbers, peppers, etc. He would open the large blade of his pocketknife; slip it into the opened box and the amount that would stay on the blade was the correct dosage. A dipper full of water usually followed this.
This method was a little stout for me, since the undiluted soda seemed a bit much; therefore, I would put a teaspoon of the soda into a tumbler, (later referred to as a glass), about half full of water. Really, it was downright refreshing.
Our home was about two miles from the nearest store, and it was a rare occasion when we would be subjected to prescription medicines for minor ailments such as upset stomach, heartburn, diarrhea, etc. For coughs and colds: A teaspoon of sugar saturated with whiskey and an outing cloth coated with Vick’s salve pinned to the union suit over the chest sufficed. Those remedies still work (per a testimony from a daughter-in-law).
But for most of the run-of-the-mill disorders, there was nothing that could take the place of a big jelly jar (tumbler) of good old sodie water.
Not surprising is the fact that the need today is as great, or greater; with the innovation of such fare as pizza, chili, Italian and Mexican foods. With the popularity of these foods expanding by leaps and bounds, my advice would be to invest in some shares of stock in the firm of ARM and HAMMER. By doing so, you just may become rich.