Thursday, August 13, 2015

Sneeze Protocol

Ed took a seat in the crowded waiting room. He felt a tingle in his nose and quickly raised his upper arm to cover his mouth with his sleeve. ACHOO!

“Bless you!”

“Geshundheit!”

“Salute!”

Ed nodded sheepishly to those acknowledging his sneeze. Edna patted his leg and handed him a tissue.

A new arrival entered the waiting room and plopped down in the chair next to Ed. The new guy sat fidgeting for a spell while coughing openly. Suddenly he faced Ed directly and let out a loud ACHOO.

“Bless you!”

“Geshundheit!”

“Salute!”

“Damn!”

The last one was Ed’s reply.