When I was a kid, I liked reading the Peanuts cartoon. PigPen was always one of my favorite characters in the Peanuts world. I was intrigued with the way dirt just followed him around. He was always a mess, living in a cloud of filth. No matter what he tried, he just couldn't shake the dirt.
The image of PigPen and his ever-present dirt cloud stayed with me over the years. Eventually, I developed an entire "PigPen Philosophy" based on this little character.
You know how, in adult life, you have . . . things . . . that sort of bug you at a mundane, below-the-surface level? Things that kind of . . .suck the fun out of your day . . . for a minute? Like, you're cruising right along, getting all the things done on your to-do-list and then, it hits you. You have to go to the dentist tomorrow to have a few fillings replaced. Bummer! OR you're out at a movie with friends, enjoying your evening, when, suddenly, you remember that you have your annual pelvic exam and Pap smear early the next morning. Yuck. OR you wake up in the morning, ready to start the day, and then you remember -- today is the day you need to give a bad performance review to one of your employees. Not fun.
I'm sure you get the picture. These are not big problems in the grand scheme of life, but they do tend to weigh you down a bit. When one of these mundane, bothersome events lurk in my psyche, I think of PigPen. Actually, I become PigPen. Only it's not dirt that's following me around. It's momentary dread of impending . . . Yuck . . . that I can't shake.
Earlier this summer, I went in for my annual physical with my internist. Things were fine. . . until he said the dreaded phrase, "Now that you're 50, we need to schedule a colonoscopy." Ah, now that sounds dreadful. A definite PigPen thing!
The Big Day is today, so I've been living in a PigPen cloud of impending Yuck for a couple of days now.
(There. . .at least I haven't lost my sense of humor!)