You might think nothing good can come from having a swollen eye. But I discovered that something good can come from having a swollen eye. Last weekend on Sunday we went apple picking where, while picking apples and butternut squash, something bit me twice on my eye. I felt the immediate sting and my eyelid turned red. I thought it must have been a mosquito bite and didn’t think too much of it until I woke up Monday morning with a swollen eyelid and swelling underneath my eye, too. It was painful and ugly. The swelling did go down after a few hours, but my eye was sore for a couple of days.
That’s when I discovered the silver lining to my dark cloud. Monday evening before bed I asked Carlos* to read to me so I can rest my eye. He did and without hesitation. He read From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg. I was tired and my eye hurt. And then I found something good in my sorry situation. Eventually, I made apple pie.