From the May, 2007 issue of Touchstone
Reduced to Tears by Annegret Hunter

Reduced to Tears

Annegret Hunter on Taking the Body Too Seriously

It is always painful for me to go to the doctor; therefore, I avoid it as much as possible. My doctor is a tiny slip of a woman with a one-track mind: “You have to lose weight. You must exercise more. What do you do for exercise?”

On an average day, I rush up and down the upper and basement stairs at least one hundred seventy-nine times, with and without arms full of laundry—running after boys, fetching, bringing, lugging, looking for things, cleaning, wiping, running after calls: front door, back door, husband, grandma, telephone, boy in basement, boy in attic. . . .

“I’m too tired for exercises,” I say. The doctor . . .


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