so ever since working in a large indoor office environment, i have developed some sort of lung ailment/bronchial plague in which i experience coughing fits no less than 2 times a day, and sneeze about 5 times minimum a day. i also have dry mouth and sandpaper tongue.
but the point is, when i worked at my old internship, when i sneezed (for the sneezing began there), i would receive no less than a resounding chorus of THREE ‘bless yous’, one always in a southern twang, from the offices and cubicles around me. it was very cushy and very kind.
at my new internship, nothing. i could sneeze ten times in a row, to the point where my head falls off my body with a kerPLUNK and sort of lollies to the side of my right foot looking disheveled, and still, nada. silence. zilch. zippo. absence of sound. universal pausation.
it’s very strange. when you sneeze and wait for that semi-sympathetic/semi-congratulatory one or two words (gezundheit will do quite as well) and they do not come. emptiness. pallor. angst. you’d think i’m just overly sensitive because i’m on my period. but it’s a definite longing in my life. to be audibly recognized for my respiratory reflexes.