Dear Helen Hartman,
Is there a Doctor in front of your name? Or maybe one in your house? Doesn’t matter, I think you may have the prescription for what is ailing me. You see, I’m moody lately. Most days I don’t feel like doing much of anything, not working, or cleaning, or cooking. In fact, the only foods that sound good to me are the ones that are very, very bad for me. I spend most of my days dreaming of playing hooky from my responsibilities. I believe people used to call what I’m experiencing “Spring Fever”. It’s ruining my productivity – not to mention my figure! Love to know how to get rid of it and get back to my old self.
Dear Loved One,
Let me get this straight…
|Out'n Out Chap Cream (make your own fabulous subtext joke here, Helen is trying to keep this clean). Works so well some people eat it my the handful .Oh, c'mon, what is that photo of?|
Okay, maybe 'straight' is asking too much but let’s see if I understand. You are moody, lazy, don’t want to cook, eat all the wrong things, and want to play hooky.
|"See ya, suckers!" As soon as Dave and the older kids had unpacked the camping gear, Loraine threw her favorite, Glamoureene (showing how she became the fav by opening beer bottles with her teeth) in the back seat and took off for Hollywood.|
Honey, that’s not Spring Fever, that’s HelenHartman-it is! And I say – go with it.
|To be fair, Helen says "Go with it" to a lot of things. Bowling in the living room? Go with it!|
Trust me, I’m a doctor…
|Yeah, like Dr Johnny Fever was a Doctor. Which he WAS.|
|You say: Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire! Helen says: You're just jealous because I look so hot in these pants. Potay-to, Pa-tah-to.|
Oh, all right, Helen is NOT a doctor. I have to make that perfectly clear.
|It's always wise to cover your You Know What!|
But I am a trusted adviser.
|Okay, 60's advertising, you've got me again - this is a good image to make people buy your product HOW?|
Spring is most definitely in the air, Loved One. And along with the pollen, ragweed and sudden showers…
|Be careful you don't step in a poodle! Seriously. Because even though Helen doesn't have a shop, she has a strict You Break It You Bought It policy for anyone who visits her home.|
…the season brings with it the promise of something fresh and exciting within our reach.
|Yard Sale Season?|
Well, yes, that. But Helen was thinking about this time of renewal and reinvention. Young things take root while others find wings when we all feel that restless tugging within us to grow. Even if winter chilled us to our cores or life left us a little bit broken, the world is once again full of possibilities to bloom.
So Helen wouldn’t dare prescribe anything to cure your case of Spring Fever, Loved One. She’s going to tell you to embrace it. Listen to it. Maybe your heart is trying to tell you to say goodbye to your ‘old self’ and open yourself up to the recreation that comes with Spring. Be your best self. You know Helen always is.