And Other Vagabonds
66 years ago
there was an intrepid group of virus molecular structures, that managed
to set foot, or what would be a foot in the molecule world, on new
land; the inside of my nose.
visitors had no intention of ever leaving my mucus membrane but
instead, like my ancestors that came to America, they planned to settle
in and call it home.
did not take into account that there was already plenty of molecules
living in my mucous membrane before they arrived. Like most situations, a
war ensued. Some of the local hometown molecules were consumed or
destroyed but most of the invading, (let’s call it rhino virus), were
Those that survived
were captured and reprogrammed to fit in with the local molecular
entities. When future marauding bands of rhino virus would arrive on the
winds, (fingertips?), of chance, they would find themselves defeated by
an already educated and prepared populace with rhino virus spies ready
to go to work and undermine whatever plans the invaders might have had
to settle in the land of Philip's nose.
these wars take longer than other times. Typically, according to
scientific measurements, if an invading rhino virus manages to get a
foothold it takes about seven days to establish a standing army. Then
depending on the condition of the locals, repelling the invaders can
take anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of weeks or more.
as I write this, there seems to be a new bunch of ‘settlers’ thinking
it’s their right to populate this 66-year-old land, (my nose). Currently
the local inhabitants are using the tried-and-true methods of defense
and copious amounts of fluids are being produced to wash away the enemy.
Since this is
my Army, I expect victory soon. In the meantime I’m going out to get
more Kleenex. I will also get some silver solution in case my troops
need a little help putting a prompt end to this latest invasion.
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