alpaca princess (renniekins) wrote,
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renniekins

Monday Sneezes

I pulled out of my driveway this morning and up to the stop-sign at the end of my road. I slowed down without planning to stop, because nobody is ever coming. Somebody was coming, so I came to a reluctant full stop.

As the man drove by, I saw his head jerk forward once, then again. He was sneezing. "Bless you," I said softly, needlessly, an instinctive response he never heard as he drove off to wherever he was going.

I've been pretty sneezy myself this morning. Each time I sneeze, I pause and listen. More often than not, somebody in cubicle-land will call out, "Bless you!" from afar. I always respond with a "thank you", so I like to make sure I listen carefully so I'll hear it.

I'm always a bit startled when nobody says anything after a sneeze. My "thank you" is all bottled up, ready to be said, but I have no reason to say it.

Such an odd little custom we have, the sneezing ritual....but I like it anyway. I feel a little incomplete without it.
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