September 23, 2004

Ah, Welcome Fall

POST #    1219

Today is the first full day of fall, and I welcome it. Gone are the days of sneezing and allergies for me, and in are the cooler days where air conditioning is no longer needed. The only negative of this is the days are getting shorter and shorter. And you get beautiful sunsets like the one above. Problem is, you won't be able to see them anymore since the sun will set sooner and sooner.

Back to allergies. I've noticed this strange phenomenon of people blessing themselves after they sneeze. Has anyone else noticed this? The sneeze followed by, "bless me." Is it me, or is that wrong and should only someone else be able to bless you? I mean, if you really believe in all that blessing mumbo jumbo, how can you bless yourself? What would the point of church be? Maybe you can just say "excuse me" and not "bless me". Makes more sense to me.

Posted by tien mao in Random at 7:41 AM



the days of sneezing & allergies aren't really over until after the first or second night we get frost. or they're really reduced after that. I don't know about you, but this august/september was one of my worst allergy periods EVER. of course, I probably say that every august/september.

Posted by: rachelleb at September 23, 2004 7:52 AM

well, i was talking about my own allergies.

Posted by: tien [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 23, 2004 8:10 AM

My Sociology professor said that he found the whole idea of saying "bless you" to be silly. "Why are you blessing that person who just has spread germs in a thousand different directions?", he would ask. Now I also don't bless anyone...this usually gets me suspicious looks from the sneezer. And I have not noticed anyone say "bless me". I do however say "excuse me". I think its polite.

Posted by: Sam at September 23, 2004 9:08 AM

Saying "bless you" after a person sneezes, I have heard, is an old expression and it came about because it was believed that when you sneezed you were in a moment of weakness. Evil spirits would use this moment to enter into you - by saying "bless you" the spirits would be blocked. I don't know if blessing oneself works, because the blessing must come before the spirits have a chance to enter.

Posted by: Ragna at September 23, 2004 10:21 AM

I hear people talking to themselves all the time, but I have never heard "bless me," even in jest (you know, where the person is implying, "hey, screw you, can't you even say 'bless you.'") I like that spirit idea though. Didn't I once read that physiologically the moment of a sneeze is as close to being dead as a person can come (while still being alive - just to clarify). Maybe I'm just making that up, but if it's true it would be the perfect opportunity for an evil spirit invasion.

And on a personal note, I've sneezed more times in the last three days than the whole summer, but that could be because I'm cleaning my office for the first time since March. March 2002, that is.

Posted by: Oscar at September 23, 2004 10:27 AM

My allergies got really bad this week, real bad. And totally off topic, anyone want a gmail invitation? email me

Posted by: Jeff at September 23, 2004 5:32 PM

After my dad sneezes, he always says "thank you" even if no one said anything!

Posted by: Heather at September 23, 2004 7:49 PM

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