I Have A Code

No, I’m not a spy. Remember the trial in the Marx Brothers’ movie, DUCK SOUP? They ask Chico if he sold the secret code and plans, and he says he sold the code and two pair of plans. If you don’t think that’s funny, you’ve never shopped for a man’s suit.

Anyway, what I actually have is neither a code nor a coat, but a cold.

So I’m going to tuck myself in and wait for lunch, when I’ll have Trees and Leaves. Our youngest grandson calls the herbs in Ramen noodle seasoning packets “trees”, for some reason. My husband’s favorite lunch is Ramen noodles over head lettuce. So that’s what I’ll have for lunch–Trees and Leaves.

Maybe I’ll scrub the bathroom floor today. That’ll teach me to have a cold, dag-nabbit!

WRITING PROMPT: Give a character a cold. Make it a stinky character. Go on, you know you want to.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “I Have A Code

  1. Sarah G

    December 9, 2010 at 10:23am

    I hope you feel better soon!

    The last time we were really sick, we survived on tea, soup, and Lean Pockets. Drugs of choice were Sudafed and Delsym.

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  2. Bodie P

    December 9, 2010 at 11:36am

    You poor thing! Vicks, hot steam, Teslon Pearls, and when the aches get bad some form of extra-strength painkiller are our drugs of choice. Unless the doc’s involved, in which case it’s anti-biotics.

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      Marian Allen

      December 9, 2010 at 12:21pm

      Thank you for the sweet sympathy, Sarah and Bodie! I make a tisane of sage, rosemary, cinnamon, honey, orange peel and ginger. And sometimes bourbon, in which case it’s a Hot Toddy.

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