Why do we say: “I’ve caught a cold”?
A sentence like that gives the impression that we’ve run after that cold. That it’s a cold that refuses to have anything to do with us. A cold that wants to be free. A cold that reacts to us with the deep suspicion of a chicken that has been invited to dinner. A cold that is like a flighty, commitment-phobic person who’s just been told: “We have to talk”. It’s like we want that cold, like it’s a valuable jewel or a penthouse apartment with its own swimming pool (or in my case, a book that’s out of print).
But none of the above is ever true at all.
Far from “I’ve caught a cold”; it’s truer to say “A cold has caught me”.
So this is my blog for the week. A cold has caught me. And since I am fully occupied with sneezing and blowing my nose and mopping my streaming eyes, I suggest you look elsewhere for entertainment and / or edification (if at all either of those is why you bother to read this pointless blog).
Cos a cold has caught me and now I am grumpy as BLEEP.
PS: If anyone has books to give away, please get in touch with Atul8 at email@example.com.