& the Common Cold
I still remember
that cold and gloomy winter evening. I was staying home from
school for the past few days due to the same nagging problem
that would always catch up with me this time of the year -
that brutal, irritating and highly distressing common cold!
I was fed up of feeling sick and miserable and desperately
wanted a change of scene - anything that would help me raise
my spirits and fight this demon before it got the better of
So I convinced
my sister and mother to take me to the market close by. They
told me that I was crazy to even think of this on such a cold
and gloomy evening, given my "condition" of sneezing
once too often.
In between wiping
my nose and clearing my throat, I told them that this is what
I needed to do to feel better. They finally gave in to my
requests, provided I would pile myself with enough woollens
to keep me warm and protected. On reaching the market, my
sister remembered that she needed a new pair of sneakers and
so we went into this small, yet nice shoe shop. As my mother
helped my sister choose a pair of sneakers, I went over to
the sandals section and walked past the colourful line up
of strappy, flat and high heeled sandals.
Just as I was
admiring their beautiful range, my eyes starting watering
like they always do whenever I have a severe cold. This was
not new for me and so I continued looking at the merchandise.
What I did not realize was that a sales person was noticing
me all along. What happened next was truly hilarious and I
remember it till date. The sales person went up to my mother
and asked her politely to kindly consider buying a pair of
sandals for me as well - your other daughter who is crying
as you are not buying anything for her.
My mother was
shocked to hear this and came up to me. On hearing what had
just happened I couldn't stop laughing while drying my tear
The sales person was
totally confused by now, but slowly understood the real reason for
my "crying". He, too, had a good laugh along with us and
hoped that I would feel better soon. As for buying something for
me too, it took some time to explain to everyone that I was in no
mood to shop. I had come to the market to cheer myself up and everyone
helped me to do just that!
We came home after
a little while and I felt much better thanks to this short, yet
very entertaining outing. That monstrous cold went away in a day
or two but left me with some fond memories that bring a smile on
my face even today.
Contributing Writer Akanksha,
Freelance Writer firstname.lastname@example.org