Do you sniff or blow your nose?
The noble art of nose blowing is going out of fashion. It is apparently considered easier to sniff, sneeze and spread germs than to carry a simple pack of travel tissues in a pocket or bag.
And the hospital authorities wonder how epidemics start!
When I was at University I had the embarrassment to be caught without a tissue or handkerchief during a lecture when my nose would not stop running. I couldn't leave the room easily as I was sitting in the middle of a row. So I snotted my way through the lecture then went, first to the toilet to find tissues to deal with the problem properly, then to the nearest chemist to buy a handy pack of tissues to cope with the tail end of the cold which was causing my nose to run in the first place.
A few years later I found myself in the same situation only in a high level meeting at a client's office taking minutes. For some inexplicable reason I had not thrown a packet of travel tissues in my handbag before leaving for the meeting. I always have a box on my desk at work, but there were none in my bag.
Sure, that box on my desk does get raided by colleagues at times, but it's better than having them sniffing at me! These days I often take a handful into a meeting, or grab one of the many packs of travel tissues stashed in my backpack. They too are multi purpose, having been used to mop up spilled drinks and exterminate flies as well as for nose blowing exploits.
My husband laughs at me because we have boxes of tissues all over the house now. There's one in the kitchen, one in the bedroom, one by my chair in the front room and another in the bathroom. At least they're always to hand when needed.
Until the sniffers of the population learn the same trick, I'll have to resort to using my noise cancelling headphones to block out the unpleasant sounds of repeated productive sniffs on the bus around me.
Posted at 19:53 BST on Thursday 10 September 2015
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