He stands up to let me slide into my window seat. I smile and politely say thank you, put my carry-on on the floor, buckle up and close my eyes.
And then I hear it. A sniff.
(What the flu?)
My eyes fly open and I listen carefully for another sign of illness from my seatmate. All is quiet and once again, I close my eyes to rest.
::cough, cough, sniff, snuffle::
Noooooooooooooooooooooo, I whip my head away from the sound to face the window and my throat closes in self-preservation.
I’ve been exposed to Airbola, aka Flyarrhea.
It took me nearly three weeks to rise up out of that funkified fly-rus.
So when I had to board a plane yet again after having barely cleared the brink of death, I had my disinfecting wipes with me. Any substance coming in contact with other human beings was going to be wiped clean of contamination before it came anywhere near me.
I was taking charge.
I wiped seat buckles, arm rests and seat-back trays clean of all traces of germs and bacteria. I didn’t even care if I looked like a crazy woman wiping frantically and feverishly at invisible illnesses.
Cleared for take-off.
True story. Made-up words. But I found them in the Clorox Ick-tionary! It’s full of names and definitions for the icky and unexpected moments in life, the kind you can joke about later. (I even made a Pinterest board for the messes.)
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