One evening there was a terrible storm; it thundered and lightninged and the rain poured down in torrents; indeed it was a fearful night.
In the middle of the storm somebody knocked at the town gate, and the old King himself sent to open it.
It was a princess who stood outside, but she was in a terrible state from the rain and the storm. The water streamed out of her hair and her clothes; it ran in at the top of her shoes and out at the heel, but she said that she was a real princess.
‘Well we shall soon see if that is true,’ thought the old Queen, but she said nothing. She went into the bedroom, took all the bed clothes off and laid a pea on the bedstead: then she took twenty mattresses and piled them on top of the pea, and then twenty feather beds on top of the mattresses. This was where the princess was to sleep that night. In the morning they asked her how she slept.
‘Oh terribly bad!’ said the princess. ‘I have hardly closed my eyes the whole night! Heaven knows what was in the bed. I seemed to be lying upon some hard thing, and my whole body is black and blue this morning. It is terrible!’
They saw at once that she must be a real princess when she had felt the pea through twenty mattresses and twenty feather beds. Nobody but a real princess could have such a delicate skin.
So the prince took her to be his wife, for now he was sure that he had found a real princess, and the pea was put into the Museum, where it may still be seen if no one has stolen it.
Now this is a true story.
I’ve been really sick for over a week now. It’s so hard and frustrating to feel my body shutting down, refusing to work in the way it normally works. My mind becoming simple, fuzzy, dumb.
I haven’t been able to do much more than lay in a bed and sleep. I feel like a princess in my warm bed with the comforts of my home and it makes me laugh. If I feel misery here, in the center of my world, than what about when I am out there…
I consider myself a well versed traveler, I have had hardships on the road before and know I will have them again. These things always tend to make for exciting stories after the fact, blog posts that live on and on, but with those times yet looming before me it makes me a little giddy.
In a demented way I am looking forward to those hard lonely nights in a foreign land, with a foreign tongue, in a Thai prison style room puking my guts out and wondering if this is the end of it all.
I can’t wait to get out of the princess-ness of my life, away from the comfort that keeps me so emotionally and physically safe, away from the known, from the why and the understanding.
I am tired of the tiny peas in life disrupting my sleep.