It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Beauty is only skin deep

The sun streams in through the living room window, illuminating Nigel. His blond curls glow a halo round his head. Once again I notice: this is one very good-looking little boy. His eyebrows are delicate arches over his clear blue eyes, his soft skin glows with good health. Suddenly his well-formed nose twitches, his blue eyes close, and the lashes (thick! long! black!) rest on his pink cheeks, his head tips back … a sneeze rips through the air.

Air which is suddenly filled – filled! – with a delicate mist, a mist shot from nose and mouth, clearly visible in the streaming sunlight, drifting gently through the air, settling on surfaces as it floats slowly earthward.

A pretty lad, but wetly toxic.


November 20, 2007 - Posted by | eeewww, health and safety, Nigel


  1. I know this one intimately. Pumpkinpie is, if I say so myself, a little beauty, one who gets commented on by everyone she meets, but then she will stop and pick her nose, cheekily shoving her findings in her mouth with a grin. Blech.

    Comment by kittenpie | November 21, 2007 | Reply

  2. That was such a perfect picture. Bravo!

    Comment by Dani | November 21, 2007 | Reply

  3. Kittenpie: Oh, I HATE that!! EEEEEEeeeewwww… But you know what? I did that as a kid (who didn’t?) and I still remember what it tastes like. Kinda salty. Ew, ew, ew, ew, ew. Funny how you can be totally grossed out by a memory that didn’t offend you AT ALL while it was happening…

    Dani: Why, thank you!

    Comment by MaryP | November 21, 2007 | Reply

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