Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: BUG (04/06/17)
- TITLE: Infectious Personality
By Donna Powers
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My name is Rhinovirus, but you can call me “Rhino.”
What? You've never heard of me?
Well, for one thing, I've got nothing to do with rhinos. My name comes from the Latin word for “nose.” And, yes: I'm a virus. Some refer to me as an organism, a germ, an infection - or even a “bug.”
I know, I know. You don't want to spend time with me. Well, too bad. You should've thought of that before you spent last weekend with your sister Susie's twins. Remember all their sneezing? I'll bet you remember their red, runny noses. That was because of me, and they passed me on to you.
As I said, we'll be spending some time together. It'll probably happen in about 2- 3 days. Soon you'll have a headache and stuffy nose. Your nose will get runny, and you'll start sneezing hard enough to do a Big Bad Wolf impression. Don't worry; it'll be over in about a week, and then I'll be on my way.
Look: I don't exactly ask to be spread from person to person. If people would just use a little common sense, I'd be forced to just fade away.
Could you have stopped me from visiting? Probably, but why should I explain how to wipe me out?
Well, OK. You look like a nice lady, and you were doing your sister a favor. So, I'll tell you.
I’m spread through the air. That means I'm spread by breathing out, sneezing, talking or singing. I’m also spread through the moisture in breath. So, when you played Tickle Monster with Judy and Trudy, their moist breath got blown (and sneezed) into your nose. That's when I began traveling through your body. My germs grow millions of copies of themselves, flow into your lungs and then I begin to make you sick.
Like I said: I'll see you in about 3 days.
So, what could you have done? Well, little Trudy and Judy couldn't help sneezing. But you heard them sneeze before you began rolling on the floor with them. If you'd known the way I travel, you could have asked them to cover their mouths, or not gotten quite so close to them.
Do you remember when you helped the girls get ready for bed? You grabbed their used clothes like I hadn't already been sneezed all over them. While you were tossing their shirts and jeans in the hamper, you were also spreading me all over your hands. After that, you scratched your nose. Yeah, right near the opening. So, I sent even more copies of myself up your nose. If you'd known, you could have washed your hands.
Yes – something as simple as soap and water could've stopped me in my tracks.
But you didn't do that. So, we’ll soon be spending quality time together. Not that you'll think its quality time. Hope you're stocked up on tissues and chicken soup.
Look, I'm not really a villain. It's just the way I was made. And, since I've already gone this far, let me tell you how to prevent future visits.
I know you've heard it a hundred times, but you can defend yourself against me by keeping as healthy as possible. You know: all those boring things like eating healthy, getting regular exercise and being sure to get enough sleep.
Simple, right? You'd think so, but here I am. Yeah, I'm that stuffiness beginning behind your nose.
So, buckle up, sweetie. You’re about to get visited by a Rhino – and it definitely won’t be as pleasant for you as it is for me.
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