My Happy Pill

Today at Fandango’s Dog Days of August prompt, we are to write about something that brings us joy.

Joy, huh?

This is a tough one since I’ve lost my job due to Covid19 and lost a few friends (other illnesses & accidents) over the last several months.


There are two things that bring some relief to the depression and boredom: writing (when my creativity isn’t jammed up) and studying Hebrew.

Hebrew requires my full attention and concentration since it is read from right to left, has different characters, obviously, and its vowels are dots & dashes beneath the letters. Anyway, trying to suss out meaning demands that I forget about everything else for a while. In a way you could call Hebrew my happy pill in that it makes the world go away.



Author: The Abject Muse

Susan Marie Shuman is an author and freelance writer/editor who currently resides in the wilds of Birmingham, AL. She shares her life with four spoiled cats, several friends (not all of them imaginary) one husband and one step-son. When she's not working, Susan enjoys horseback riding, reading, taking her cats for a spin in their pet stroller, and taking naps. An ex-bartender, recovering crash test dummy and all-around late bloomer, Susan graduated from the University of South Alabama in 2004 with a BA in English. She minored in Russian. Long-range goals include visiting Israel, the Czech Republic and Liechtenstein. Susan is also planning to launch a micronation which would be called either Suzannistan or Eastern Suzanorovia.

2 thoughts

  1. That’s wonderful.

    I used to study Hebrew a little bit. I once, at the time, got a trivia question (probably in a Trivial Pursuit session) asking what percentage of characters are involved in translation of English to Hebrew. (I’m not remembering the exact wording, but you likely understand what I mean.) I had enough of a “feel” for it to say 80% — and was correct.

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