Three Aisles Over

by Sherry Riter in Chuckle,Other  

First, let’s clarify a definition. In the United States of America, the word “football” is a competitive game played with two teams and a ball that is carried up and down the field to earn points. The winning team is determined by the team with the most points at the end of the game. In other countries, “football” is called “gridiron” or “tackle football”.

The football teams consist of men in different roles, one of which is the defensive line. These men are supposed to prevent the players from the other team from getting past them. Have you ever seen men who play on the defensive line? Let me describe them:

  1. muscular neck with a circumference the size of my thigh
  2. shoulders as wide as a mountain
  3. biceps the size of basketballs

I might have exaggerated just a wee bit. The men on the defensive line have bodies that look like this:

players on the defensive lineplayers on the defensive line

So when one of these men sneeze, I’m supposing that it sounds loud and manly, not tiny like a kitten. You’ve heard people sneeze like a kitten haven’t you? Maybe you actually sneeze like that too. Usually the soft, feminine sneeze comes from a woman who either holds her nose or was just born with a cute sneeze. These kitty sneezes barely make an audible sound or they simply make a tiny squeak.

Today, the pollen was so thick on my car that it was slightly yellow like this:

pollen on car

Lots of pollen means heightened allergy effects.

I’m one of those lucky allergy sufferers.

When there’s pollen around, a person with allergies is usually going to sneeze. My sneezes are very






and basically manly.

I don’t have to worry about them being mistaken for a tiny, feminine, kitty sneeze. No, I have the sneeze of a football player on the defensive line.

That’s why people three aisles over in the grocery store yell, “Bless you!”

Am I embarrassed? Well, if I said that my white as chalk skin turns the color of a ripe strawberry, would that answer the question?


flower and pollen

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Oh Sew Good April 6, 2010 at 2:42 am

This post made me feel like sneezing. 🙂 Bless you! hahah


2 Alyna, The Gift Detective April 6, 2010 at 4:45 am

Awesome post and pics!

So sorry to here that you are suffering from allergies. My boyfriend gets them so badly too. 🙁 On the bright side? At least people are kind enough three aisles over to say "Bless you!" And they'll never guess it was actually YOU who sneezed because they'll be expecting to run into a big, burly, football player-type. 😉

~ Alyna
fellow SITS gal and Gift Detective extraordinaire!


3 J.J. April 6, 2010 at 12:22 pm

I sooooo dislike pollen. Ack. I do love the cowboys though. 🙂


4 Making Sense of It All - Day by Day April 6, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Great post, great writing. I'm sorry that you're sneezing but glad that you're not holding back. Let em rip!!!


5 Beth April 6, 2010 at 5:44 pm

now my nose itches…
bless you


6 Tamara Jansen April 6, 2010 at 10:00 pm

I feel your allergy pain! Hope the pollen is gone quickly 🙂


7 Teresha@Marlie and Me April 7, 2010 at 12:37 am

gesundheit! I heard you sneeze all the way in TX, LOL!


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