Thursday, June 18, 2020

Adventures of Mask Wearing

     Noting the state of the refrigerator and pantry, I knew I had to venture out to restock both. I got what I could at Aldi before heading to Walmart for the rest.

     I dutifully donned my mask before entering the store, and grasping my slightly crumpled grocery list I rallied forth to complete my mission in as little time as possible.

     Nearing the end of my list I noticed I had missed something and would have to turn around and march to the back of the store to get it. "Oh!" I said to myself when I saw it. Big mistake. Opening my mouth like that, and inhaling on the 'oh' sucked a minuscule piece of lint from my mask right into the back of my throat where it clung stubbornly.

     Immediately I had an intense need to cough to get rid of it.

     As everyone knows coughing is frowned upon in today's world. I tried to suppress it, but the need was so great that I barked out a violent cough while carefully avoiding looking at any of the other customers.

     One cough didn't do the trick, but I wasn't about to cough more. I abandoned all other items on my list and made a beeline for the checkout. Tears were streaming from my eyes. They didn't roll down my cheeks though. The mask conveniently soaked them all up for me.

     Never have I ever checked out at such speed before. I paid and then fled to the safety of my vehicle where I coughed in peace and dislodged that piece of lint.

     Hopefully they'll let me back in next time I need to go shopping.


  1. The exact same thing happened to me when I went grocery shopping on Tuesday LOL!

  2. Years ago that happened to me at a friends house while watching a movie. I was crocheting a blanket and was shocked by something that happened in the movie and brought the blanket up to my face just as I breathed in my mouth. I coughed and choked for about 15 minutes

  3. Oh you poor thing, how awful it must have been for you.

  4. I did the same thing at work today and ran to the bathroom so embarrassing. but it really was just lint.

  5. I'm so sorry. Here it's pine pollen and cotton. Everyone is coughing and has watering eyes. Our virus numbers are also high so no one knows who is sick and who has allergies. I try to avoid everyone and go camping!

  6. I know the feeling of not wanting to cough in public. Even in my area where cases are few, I still think about it.

  7. Ack! I've had that happen, and No, one cough won't do it. It's always a bother, but now, with the world on pins and needles over the virus, it is really embarrassing.

  8. Oh my, what a thing to happen! I loved the humorous way in which you told this story...but I know it must have been far from it at the time! You poor thing!
    Blessings to you!

  9. Oh dear, what an adventure. It is so hard and often impossible to suppress a cough.

  10. Oh wow, what a disconcerting thing to happen to you. I would have died...I have had to stiffle a sneeze in my mask...that's not the most pleasant thing either. Glad you got your shopping accomplished though..So sorry


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