Four kids surrounded their grandfather as he began to speak from behind his mask. “Back when I was a kid we used to go to something called a concert. The singer wouldn’t be on a screen somewhere, they would be on a stage in front of thousands of fans that were all packed tightly in the same building. And nobody wore masks.”
The children seemed appalled and hands went up to their masks and the younger girl said, “But what about the epidemic?”
“This was back before all the deadly viruses had been exposed to the public. We would yell and scream and sing along with the music. There was sometimes even dancing going on. The lights would flash bright colors and the sound would echo through the auditorium. Each new song would whip the fans into a hysterical frenzy of more screaming and clapping and stomping their feet. It was a rush like no other.”
“Grandpa,” the oldest boy said. “Would that ever happen now?”
“No John, there are just too many deadly diseases being spread around. It all started with Covid-19 and we have been masked and mostly isolated ever since.”
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – hysterical
The people started to gather at the door. She knew it would be a long day with so many shoppers waiting at the doors. The quarantine was to go into effect at midnight tonight so everyone wanted to shop while they could. There was a large sign outside that stated no more than two of one item for any customer, they also had smaller versions on each door and by the high-volume items – paper goods, cleaners, canned food and batteries. The doors opened and the mass moved forward. This was worse than Christmas shopping she thought.
For the most part the morning went well. As the day moved on and supplies dwindled down on the shelves, tempers flared. She heard a man yell “Screw you!” She turned and saw a man standing with one of the assistant managers. It was obvious there were high tensions on both sides of the conversation. As the argument went on the volume got louder and the man became belligerent. He swore and took a swing at the manager who had joined in to try to calm the situation. He ducked just in time. It was then the police came into the building.
In no time the offensive customer was escorted out of the building and she continued checking out customers until the store closed at four o’clock.
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – belligerent
November brings a chill in the air and the start of the holiday gatherings of family and friends. I can’t believe I am down to the last two month of my challenge to find happiness and feel gratitude every day. I hope you join with me in the comments or your own blog in this challenge. No matter how small there is always a little good in even the worst day.
I woke up to a blinking cursor… out like a light in the middle of my post last night. Darn fatigue!! So let’s try to back up a few hours and get this done finally. Oops!
It was the infamous Black Friday when hundreds stand in long lines for a chance to save a few dollars on something going on sale hours later. …I have never understood why. There is no sale that will get me out of sleeping and standing in the cold (although this year’s weather was unseasonably warm) at 4am. I have always figured if I was meant to have it then it will be there when I arrive fully rested later in the day. So I do not partake in the insanity that is Black Friday. Most years the sales are on the same things except a few hot item toys and my daughter is well past the toy age. So I was grateful to stay home and away from the crowds.
Actually spent a lot of the day worrying about my boyfriend who I am sure has the flu – body aches, fever and stuffy nose. But there is no excuse on one of the busiest shopping days of the year not to be behind the register. He did manage to make it through most of his shift and management let him leave about and hour and a half early. He came home and just slept and took medicine. I was happy he was able to rest fairly well all night.
Now I must get on with my day instead of sitting here all day I have things I should try to get done. Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude. Have a wonderful day/night!