The only thing I wanted was to make my migraine bearable, so I thought of the tonic that grandmother used for most of her diseases, including headaches. She kept it locked up in the pantry in a finely painted bottle. It smelled like kerosene. So I held my breath and swallowed a large glass in one go. In a matter of moments my eyes got cloudy and I started coughing. Those were just some of the "side effects" of my grandmother's famous medication. 

two fingers of vodka -
the Virgin Mary statue
smiling at me