Sharing Stories

Cottonwood fluff makes breathing tough.


Washed hands for thirty seconds, singing “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.”

Gently down the stream—soap bubbles foamed a germ fighting coat.

Merrily, merrily, merrily—rinse twice, germ free. Face set to mask-up.

Life is but a dream—hidden, sneaky virus. In disguise, ideas may erupt.

Slow drive, spring cottonwood white fluffs float—result: puffy blizzard.

Sneeze, sneezed, sneezing—sniffed, snorting—mimic a Kleenex wizard.

Not a great day to walk the grocery aisle—blowing, gasping, wheezing.

Steer to nearby drive-thru, tasty feast in a bag—unhealthy but pleasing.

April Ryan chronicles her life, her city, her times in the good old state of Washington.

SHARING STORIES is a weekly column for and about the 50 plus crowd living in the Puget Sound region. Send your stories and photos to ariele@comcast.net. Tell local or personal stories; discuss concerns around aging and other issues; share solutions, good luck, and reasons to celebrate; poems are fine too. Pieces may be edited or excerpted. We reserve the right to select among pieces. Photos are always a plus and a one-sentence bio is requested (where you live, maybe age or career, retired status, etc.).

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