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Poem: Cold, Allergy or Flu: God Bless You

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Poem & Article Summary

Cold, Allergy or Flu: God Bless You is a poem written about saying God bless you after someone sneezes. At first, the person fears the waitress will think the worse, but then she is left wondering where this saying originated. After a little bit of research, she writes down a small piece about how, "God Bless You," came to be.


Why Do People Say Bless You When You Sneeze by Let's Teach"

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Cold, Allergy or Flu: God Bless You

She woke up with a stuffy nose

reminding herself not to seem ill,

as she waits for the second Covid-19 vaccine

to be injected in her arm.


Finally, the moment is over

she walks out of the building

grabbing a kleenex from her purse.


Stopping at a local diner

for a quick breakfast before they rest,

when suddenly she sneezes

and the waitress says

“God Bless ".


Quickly she responds,

no worries, we’ve just had the 2nd virus shot,

hoping to ease the woman’s fear.


Indeed, it must have worked,

their service is top notch

with no eyes gazing,

lurking to see

if coronavirus has attacked.

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My Brain Rolls Out The Writing Carpet

After we sat down in a booth at a local diner, I sneezed.

The waitress immediately said, God Bless You.

Well, for some reason that got my brain to rolling out that writing carpet.

I wanted to know how this saying originated.

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God Bless You: Where it Comes From

With a little bit of research, I found a few interesting answers.

It seems that during the bubonic plague in Rome, Pope Gregory suggested people say this when someone sneezed.

It was thought to protect them from certain death.

Then I found a few superstitions.

Some people believe the soul is a form of air that lives inside one’s head. If he sneezes, he loses his spirit.

So they always ask for God's immediate protection by saying, “God Bless You.”

Then there are those who believe the spirit is evil and can travel out your nose through a sneeze and has the ability to enter someone else’s body.

This is also how some fear the devil takes your soul.

Article I Stumbled Across

While I was researching on the internet, this article popped up.

It is from one of our own Hubbers.

I actually do not know him, as of yet, but his article is well written.

It has some details which you might find interesting.

I will put a link below.

"Sneeze and Someone Will Say, "God Bless You" - Have You Ever Wondered Why by watchJoJo"

© 2021 BRENDA ARLEDGE

Comments

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 02, 2021:

Why we say God Bless You

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 01, 2021:

Still battling a cough

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 30, 2021:

God bless

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 29, 2021:

God bless you

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 28, 2021:

God bless you

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 27, 2021:

Nithya,

Thank you so much!

Just wrote from a thought.

Have a great Sunday.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on March 27, 2021:

Nice poem and an interesting read about “God bless you” after the sneeze.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 27, 2021:

God bless

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 27, 2021:

God bless you

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 27, 2021:

Peggy,

Thank you.

I have always found it to be a nice courtesy to say to others.

I have never said it to ward off the devil.

A sneeze can definitely infect others, but hopefully an evil spirit is not within it.

Take care & have a nice day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 27, 2021:

Missy,

Thank you for reading this one.

I've been told that our hearts do not actually stop but skip a beat or two.

Which kind if restarts your heart's rhythm.

We also always close our eyes...which I didn't realize.

Glad you found this one fun!

Take care & enjoy each moment.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 27, 2021:

Manatita44,

Thank you.

I'm glad you enjoyed this charming little piece.

I don't know Ansel, but I did find his article quite interesting.

We were always taught to say God Bless You, but these reasons were not on our minds.

Take care & enjoy the day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 27, 2021:

Rosina,

Thank you.

I just had to share what I found out about the origin of God Bless You.

It peeked my interest.

Glad you liked it!

Have a wonderful day!

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 27, 2021:

EK,

Thank you.

That title kust sort of came to me & it seems to flow.

I'm delighted to have you reading my work.

I look forward to reading more of your work.

I just finished reading the one on Happiness and your poem for John's sentence challenge.

I am happy most when I spend time with my pets & help others.

It gives me a sense of being useful.

Of course, I also smile when I wake up to a beautiful sunshiny day.

Take care & enjoy today.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 27, 2021:

The history of the saying "God bless you," as well as others, is interesting. As far as a sneeze infecting others, the viruses passed can certainly do so. Harkening back to the days of the bubonic plague makes sense. All in all, it is a courtesy to wish others well.

Missy Smith from Florida on March 27, 2021:

I've had this interesting topic of sneezing a few times. The most common question is what happens when we sneeze. Does the heart stop? However, the meaning of "God Bless you," I never really thought much about. That was interesting. So, I say "Bless you," mostly. I have also at times said the German phrase. The Greeks and Romans saying is the coolest. I just may take that one up. Thanks for the fun read!

manatita44 from london on March 27, 2021:

Charming account Brenda. Fancy you stumbling on this article as well. I have always felt it appropriate as mom use to teach us so many little things related to courtesy and God! A lovely light-hearted piece.

Rosina S Khan on March 27, 2021:

Thank you for the poem and the little bit of history about saying "God Bless You" after someone sneezes. Interesting really! Gratitude for sharing, Brenda.

EK Jadoon from Abbottabad Pakistan on March 27, 2021:

Very interesting poem with a unique title, Brenda. I really enjoyed it. Keep up the good work.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 26, 2021:

Chitrangada,

I say it all the time too!

But I never knew how it came about ...but I truly don't think of it as keeping the evil away from me.

Take care

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on March 26, 2021:

Interesting information, title, and the poem. I wasn't aware of this, although we do say, what the general saying is--God Bless You.

Great piece of writing, Brenda!

Thank you for sharing!

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 26, 2021:

MG,

Thank you.

Have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 26, 2021:

Gyanendra,

Thank you.

It's all new to me too. I enjoyed finding out the reasons.

Have a great day.

gyanendra mocktan from Kathmandu,Nepal on March 26, 2021:

Brenda, Thank you for sharing why we say Gof blesd you.

I didn't know about this simple story of the past. Thank you

MG Singh emge from Singapore on March 26, 2021:

Nice poem.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 26, 2021:

John,

Thanks. I suppose I will pay more attention when I sneeze too.

Well as for the jab ...We are doing okay, but definitely had a few reactions.

The night of the vaccine we just both had sore arms like Mike Tyson had beaten us, but the next day was worse.

He had a high fever of 102.8 with shivers & chills along with vomiting early in the day. We had to keep sponge bathing him to keep it down.

He felt rough & slept most of the day.

I had a fever, but not as high. I could still function. My nose wouldn't stop running. I was achy. I have a terrible cough.

Hot & cold chills.

But today, I basically just feel tired. I did have a few urgent bathroom calls, but thankfully that is over now.

No fever today. Nose is fine. I just have very little energy.

I was going to write about it, but I have not felt up to it quite yet.

I think we are turning the corner.

We are both glad we had it & look forward to being a bit more protected from this virus.

Thinking of a vacation...it would be nice.

Take care & I hope all is well in Australia.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 26, 2021:

Shauna,

Interesting article.

I see that it does say it skips a beat or two before going back into rhythm.

It seems to put pressure on the vagas nerve.

I used to have to massage that area to make my heart beats stop beating so quickly...back when I had tachycardia, so that makes alot of sense.

Thank you for sharing.

Take care.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on March 26, 2021:

Brenda, apparently your heart doesn't stop when you sneeze, but it skips a beat. Check this out:

https://www.healthline.com/health/does-your-heart-...

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on March 26, 2021:

This was all very interesting, Brenda. Yes, I am sure I always close my eyes when I sneeze, but now I will think about it more when I do. How are you both after your second vaccine jab?

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 26, 2021:

It is interesting hearing everyone's take on this one.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 26, 2021:

Misbah,

Thank you.

It is quite interesting to find out the many differences on why we say, God Bless You.

I liked what your brother said...it made me smile.

I was recently told that each time we sneeze our eyes close...I guess I had not thought about it.

But we were driving in a car when the driver sneezed...needless to say I got scared for a minute.

Take care.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 26, 2021:

Shauna,

Thank you.

I've never heard that nor did I come across it when I was looking for answers.

But that makes alot of sense to me.

I know coughing helps to restart the heart's pace so maybe sneezing does too.

Take care.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on March 26, 2021:

Brenda this is very nice piece of writing

I enjoyed it a lot

Muslims says, Alhamdulilah! when they sneeze, it means , “Thank you God” and the listener says Yarhamuk Allah means May Allah have Mercy on you

It is said when you sneeze for some period of time maybe for a few seconds , the brain stops to respond the body ... I don’t know how true it is

Do you know, I asked my younger brother this morning a very silly question and he replied in even sillier way

I asked him do you know why we close our eyes when we sneeze? and he said yes, because if we will not close our eyes they can fell down...lol

It was so funny answer from him, it made me smile whole day

Blessings

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 26, 2021:

Pamela,

Thank you.

I just got to thinking while I was sitting there.

I hear this all the time & I even say it myself, but I didnt know where it came from.

Have a great day.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on March 26, 2021:

Brenda, I heard that the reason we say "God Bless You" when someone sneezes is because the heart stops beating when you sneeze. The saying came about as a way to wish the sneezer's heart to resume beating.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 26, 2021:

Amani,

I've been in the dark about it too!

I was amazed with the reason.

Take care & have a great night.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 26, 2021:

The history to 'God Bless You' is very interesting. I thought it must have stated long ago. I enjoyed reading this article and the poem, Benda.

Amani Utembu from Nairobi -Kenya on March 26, 2021:

God bless you...

.. I didn't why people say that but now i do..

Thank you for this

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 26, 2021:

Ann,

Thank you.

I didn't know that about that little kids song.

I do remember the song from my younger days.

Ring around the rosies here.

I'm learning new things everyday.

Have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 26, 2021:

Bill,

Thank you.

I had no clue either.

But I did find it interesting.

Take care.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 26, 2021:

Cool history! I did not know any of it. God bless me for my ignorance. :)

Have a great weekend!

Ann Carr from SW England on March 26, 2021:

The nursery rhyme,

'Ring a ring o' Roses,

A pocketful of posies,

Atishoo! Atishoo!

We all fall down'

is a rhyme from the days of the plague in London, as if you sneezed then you probably had the plague and were doomed (so falling down) as it spread rapidly. The roses were used to clear the air, hopefully, and you kept them on you.

'Bless you' was said then, as it was supposed one would die, so that's the story we cite as to why 'bless you' is said after sneezing.

Interesting versions from different places, Brenda! Good poem too.

Ann

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