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The absence of creativity

View of my rug, from the couch.

Here sits my big hit or miss rug, on the frame in my living room. On the border, I had just turned the last corner of the oval, ready to hook down the last long side and to the finish.

But there it has sat, not one loop pulled, since I came down with a bad case of the flu a week ago.

I think it is safe to say that the flu is the absolute opposite of creativity. In the long hours and days of lying on my couch, I look up and see the rug, untouched, right in front of me. And in my hazy-headed, woozy-minded state, I can still find a little comfort in gazing at the blocks of hit or miss. Sometimes, I will start looking at the rug, picking out one color at a time to consider – all the places I put in yellows, or lavenders, or blues.

Sometimes, I try to remember having hooked that brown plaid in next to that deep maroon, next to that piece of sky blue. Of course, I can’t now actually remember picking out and hooking in those specific pieces of wool.

But as I lay on my couch, I know I did pick those pieces out, and hook them in next to each other. And in the dream-like haze of the flu-sufferer, I am finding solace in looking up and gazing at my rug, and its dancing patterns of color.

One of these days I will feel better. One of these days I will finish this rug, and be feeling excitement about the next one. One of these days, I will write a real blog post again. But not today.


  • Karen Cooper says:

    Mary Jane – Poor Baby! Please get well soon!

  • Susan Sutherland says:

    Feel better soon! This horrible flu going around is so debilitating and it seems to last forever. Hope you are over the hump and will be able to pick up your hook again. In the meantime be inspired by your beautiful rug waiting for you to be better so you can finish it.

  • jeni says:

    Hope you feel better soon. Had what you have. Took almost 2 weeks to get over it. Couldn’t hook, couldn’t read. Did watch all seasons of Mad Men though. I lived through the Mad Men area. Don’t recall all that drinking but do remember all the sex going around. Not me, of course. Really!

  • Jill Bowler says:

    Hope you feel better very soon. Your rug will wait patiently until your creative juices start flowing again.

  • Mary Miller says:

    Feel better soon Mary Jane?

  • Dana Psoinas says:

    I’m sorry that your so sick! Sending you hugs and healing thoughts. Feel better soon.?

  • Linda Beaulieu says:

    Sometimes, Life just gets in the way of living! In Florida, it has been respiratory flu that laid low my entire neighborhood. Thankfully, it took its time running through so there was at least one still able to make the chicken soup and pass it out to the ailing among us. Spring is on the horizon. Speedy recovery! LHB

  • Kathy O'Donnell says:

    Mary Jane I’m sorry to hear about your bout with the flu. Right after feelings of sympathy, my thoughts turned to Maddie…hopefully she brought you comfort and wasn’t demanding her accustomed long walks. Feel better soon!

    • mjanep says:

      Thanks, Kathy. Happily, our on-call dogwalker has come through each day, so Maddy is getting her needed walks, thank goodness!

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