Having experienced menopause suddenly and intensely by way of surgery, I know the value of the right mindset combined with a little humor and a whole lot of prayer. Angela Verges combines all three in her book Menopause Ain’t No Joke: Blending Faith and Humor in Perfectly Imperfect Situations (Amazon affiliate link).
This book is filled with short, easy to read stories, peppered with scripture, and provides pages to journal and record gratitudes. The author’s writing reminds us that we are not alone while helping us laugh through the discomfort of menopause.
The Hokey Pokey
Chapter used with permission by Angela Verges, author of Menopause Ain’t No Joke: Blending Faith and Humor in Perfectly Imperfect Situations (Amazon affiliate link)
In the stillness of a dark room, while you are sleeping, menopause rears its ugly head. It materializes in the form of night sweats. As soon as you become comfortable, cozy, and snuggled under fleece blankets, a warm sensation takes over your body. The game begins; it’s covers off, covers on, leg out, leg in. The hokey pokey, round one, has begun.
The hokey pokey is a game of movement of body parts. In the midst of night sweats, you are thrown into the game as an unwilling participant, flailing arms and legs in all directions. It’s a phase women go through. We can play along and accept the game, or we can walk around with a pouty facer and complain.
What will it be? Left leg in, left leg out, and you shake it all about? It’s okay to play the game until this phase of menopause subsides.
When I was a child, I talked as a child, I thought as a child, I reasoned like a child.
When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. (1 Corinthians 13:11 NIV)
About Angela Verges
Angela (Angie) Verges was born in Detroit, MI. One of her favorite books as a youth was, Are you there God, it’s me Margaret, by Judy Blume. In fact, she liked it so much that she wrote a book report on it in 6th grade and again in 8th grade. Shhh, don’t tell her teachers.
Other favorite authors include: Kimberla Lawson-Roby, Victoria Murray, ReShonda Tate-Billingsley and Mary Higgins-Clark.
Angie began writing in 5th grade when she received her first diary. She continued keeping a journal through high school and college. As a wife and mother of two teen boys, her words continue to scream onto the pages of journals, the back of envelopes, napkins or anything handy. The boys keep her life from being anything but boring.
Angie likes to write books for children and blog about parenting experiences as she practices being a grown up.
From my blog:
- Your Menopause Perspective: Sign of Aging or Second Spring?
- Choosing Faith Over Fear During Menopause
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