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How I Turned Into A Religious Fanatic Overnight


Bless you, bless you, bless you

Uttering the phrase 'God bless you' or simply 'bless you' after someone sneezes has always been known as good manners to me. I guess whenever I sneeze I always say 'excuse me', but I like to usually say 'bless you' when someone else sneezes, mostly because it's quicker and I don't want anyone to think I'm some sort of religious fanatic. I'm just a Good Samaritan in the sneezing department.

Normally in everyday life this is no big deal. Recently things in the work place took a major change at work with one employee leaving and a new one coming in. The previous employee was a guy older than me, who never sneezed, coughed, or anything besides the occasional mumble that I would have to respond with 'huh?' or 'what?' or almost 'SPEAK UP MOTHER F....' (okay maybe not that far). The new employee is a younger woman who on the first day sneezed. Of course I replied 'bless you' thinking I had done my good deed for the day. That was until a few days later I noticed she must have an allergy to just about everything known to humankind. My few times a week, 'bless you', has now turned into a minute by minute basis. Somedays I have felt like the Pope in a crowded gathering:

Bless you. Bless you my child. Bless you.

Should I stop this action before it goes any farther? I mean, it's not like it's a law or something. Are demons going to possess the female employee from my desk if I don't say this? In the end it really might just be about acknowledgment of another's presence. Of course if you plan to take it to that level, why not yell out 'nice fart' when someone lets it rip?

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chris said:

one problem with this 'bless you' business it that usually sneezes are not loners. you will get a gaggle of sneezes all at once, and if you do not time it correctly, you will receive a 'bless you' before you are actually through sneezing, or even worse, multiple 'bless yous'. it seems polite to respond to each 'bless you' with a 'thank you', which can make the situation even more uncomfortable. what if you can't get a 'thank you' off before you have to sneeze again?

what's EVEN WORSE is the full blown sneezing fit. someone comes with a 'bless you' but they really don't know what they're getting into. by the time you are done their first 'bless you' seems totally inadequate. and somewhat embarrassing.

April said:

I like a banana. Give me a banana!

I don't know how cool your co-worker is (and, judging by your more recent post, I suppose it doesn't matter), but a former co-worker of mine once solved the problem like this: "Bless you. Bless you. Okay, seriously, if you sneeze one more time, I'm done with this."