If we are going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb,
let that bomb, when it comes,
find us doing sensible and human things–
listening to music,
bathing the children,
chatting to our friends over a pint
and a game of darts–
not huddled together
like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs.
Lewis’ words are especially potent.
How will huddling and worrying add a day to your life?
I don’t want to discount the potential harm from swine flu.
Neither do I want to inflate the threat.
If the swine flu attacks me today–and I doubt it will–,
it will find me making a birthday dinner,
taking a walk, reconciling a bank
statement (one of my favorite tasks),
cleaning floors, answering the phone,
and reading a book.
What sensible and human things are you doing?