Aging / Coronavirus / Humor / Pandemic / Quirky / Social distancing

Coronavirus — The sneeze heard ‘round my world

Young handsome man with beard sneezing, studio portraitI entered the small post office branch on a lazy Sunday afternoon in late March. It looked deserted. Lucky me, I thought, since I’m freaking out over the coronavirus. Maybe I could get in and out without getting infected. I wore gloves but no mask. (CDC advisory had not yet changed.)

But I wasn’t alone for long.

Soon, a young man arrived and I glanced at him suspiciously. “Probably asymptomatic,” I thought, gloomily. To his credit, he waited behind me the requisite six feet, though I felt like he was breathing down my neck.  I was retrieving my book of stamps from the machine when I heard him sneeze behind me. Not a dainty kerchoo, but a seismic discharge that seemed to shake the lobby.

I felt helpless. Instinctively, I held my breath, grabbed my stamps and gloves and dashed out the door faster than an Olympic runner.

I waited and waited for days, thinking surely that sneeze meant the end of me at age 71. I am susceptible to the whims of coronavirus. Underlying health conditions, you see. But, thank God, I escaped this time.

Sneezes, coughs, every little sniffle are the enemy. I wonder when we’ll ever be all able to say with a straight face, “Oh, it’s nothing, just seasonal allergies!!”

© Ron Cooper 2020


2 thoughts on “Coronavirus — The sneeze heard ‘round my world

  1. Thanks for writing about it, Ron. I would have never guessed you are a wise age of 71. What times we’re in. Be safe, wash hands, call on hope and strength to fill you up,

    • Thanks, Tryn,, this coronavirus thing has really taken a hold of me here. But I am trying to make my way through it. Good advice, especially calling on Hope and strength. I appreciate that, my friend. Wishing the best for you as well!

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